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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Slavery

This morning, the Birmingham News reported that Alabama legislators are seeking to scrap the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Fund, which is basically a scholarship fund. According to this article, this fund has awarded 53 interest free loans since 1989. Now, I don't really care what the government names the scholarship fund. They could call it the Jeremiah Wright Memorial Fund, for all I care, but I can't sit idly by while Stonewall's name is getting dragged through the mud.

Here is what our liberal politicians are saying about Jackson and the Confederacy:

I don't think we should be spending any funds on Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis or any other Confederate leader. They fought to maintain the institution of slavery.

The purpose of the Confederacy was to maintain the institution of slavery.

The Confederacy fought to uphold slavery. It's just hurtful to one segment of the population of Alabama for them to keep memorializing Confederate generals. It's just like the Confederate flag.


In Roanoke, Virginia, there stands an old church with some beautiful stained glass windows. This is the Fifth Ave. Presbyterian Church and it was founded in 1906. The founding pastor was Reverend Lylburn Downing, a freed slave. The congregation today is predominantly of African American descent. The average visitor would be rather surprised to find Stonewall Jackson depicted in one of the stained glass windows. You see, Lylburn Downing was one of the charter members of a bible study led by Jackson. The people of the congregation are descendants of those first members. Jackson taught these people to read and write, even though there was a government sanction against the education of blacks.

Slavery was a terrible thing and Jackson understood that. James I. Robertson (author of Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend)
puts it this way:

"As he (Jackson) saw it, slavery was something that God ordained upon black people in America for God's own reasons and he had no right to challenge God's will. That was blasphemy. And so, while he hated slavery, he was opposed to slavery, Jackson had to obey his Heavenly Father and accept the system. And he accepted it through doing the Golden Rule, do unto others as he would wish they do unto him."

As to Robert E. Lee, we could compare him to his Yankee counterpart, U.S. Grant. One of these men released his slaves three years before the war. The other man released his slaves three years after the war. Which one released his slaves before the war? Robert E. Lee.

Every year, more and more evidence is gathered to suggest that African slavery was not the main reason for the war. In fact, it was not even one of the causes! Slavery was a term used merely to define the agrarian South.

Consider these facts:

Around 500,000 men served in the Confederate army and about 200,000 of these would become casualties. According to this page, in 1860, the total slave population was 3,953,760. This includes slaves living in Delaware, Washington D.C., Kentucky, and Maryland. The total Southern population was around 9,000,000. Even if every single household included slaves, that still leaves roughly 6,000,000 Southerners who did not own slaves. So, mathematically, it does not make sense that the North fought to defeat slavery because 2/3 of the Southern population did not own slaves.

Many African-Americans fought for the Confederacy during the war. I would highly recommend Richard Rollins book entitled Black Southerners in Gray. In this book he provides period accounts of Confederate soldiers of African descent.



The winner of the war wrote the history book.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Kathy, Jeff's Wife said...

BRAVO!

Keep up the good work!

July 15, 2008 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

It never ceases to disturb me when I hear of law makers who do not know nor understand their history.
You did well in defending the integrity of the South.
Thank you.

July 15, 2008 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Me too! I believe that knowledge of history is a must for everyone, but especially our political leaders.

Thanks for the comments, and the compliments, ladies!

July 15, 2008 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Ana Smith said...

:-( Even in the Heart of Dixie you're expected to be ashamed of Southern heritage and history. Ridiculous!

July 29, 2008 at 6:47 PM  

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