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War ‘Winners’ Write Histories

from Brock Townsend:

“Contextualizing” American History

Few, if any, currently prominent historians voice unqualified objection to the destruction of Confederate monuments. The most tolerant among them instead suggest that the memorials should remain, but with new explanatory inscriptions offering “context”—a code word that simplifies to: South=Bad, North=Good.

Consider, for example, the contextual marker that might be added to Liberty Hall, former home of Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens. No doubt it would emphasize the racist remarks in his Cornerstone Speech. But I’d wager $100 against a good Cuban cigar that it would ignore his address to the Georgia legislature after the war when he urged the body to adopt laws to protect African-Americans “so that they may stand equal before the law” partly because “we owe [them] a debt of gratitude…”

More pertinently, adding additional perspective to Rebel memorials begs the question of whether the policy should also apply to Yankee monuments. Consider the Lincoln Memorial. A couple of months before he announced the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862 Lincoln met at the White House with African-American leaders and urged that blacks leave the country. He arranged congressional funding for their emigration.

Of course, those who win the wars write the history of said wars.
Would not Washington be viewed as a terrorist if Britain had won?
The difference being, of course, remains:  We are all Americans, North and South.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


10 thoughts on “War ‘Winners’ Write Histories

  1. Truly it is said that victors write the histories. So much of what we’ve been told – for decades, in many cases – is upside down, or downright false. It’s hard to learn that someone we’re told is a hero or villain, is actually the opposite.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | May 13, 2016, 9:22 am
    • Or some gradiation. Lincoln comes to mind. Early Progressive, suspended habeus corpus, etc. Saved the Union – but allowed his generals to decimate the South in so doing…

      Posted by guffaw1952 | May 13, 2016, 9:25 am
      • Yep; Lincoln’s who I had in mind. The southern States wished to, and did peacefully secede. Lincoln effectively declared war on them, and forced them to remain. So much for “liberty” and “freedom”.

        Posted by Rev. Paul | May 13, 2016, 9:40 am
      • But he’s a hero – because the federals won!?

        Posted by guffaw1952 | May 13, 2016, 10:16 am
  2. Why do you think our generation learned about Plymouth Rock and Pilgrims rather than Jamestown, which existed before Plymouth?

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | May 13, 2016, 5:19 pm
    • I was taught about both(?) Do you mean Roanoke?

      Posted by guffaw1952 | May 13, 2016, 6:17 pm
      • I didn’the think you were younger than me… No, Jamestown, VA, despite the best efforts of the idiot aristocracy that were supposed to run it, was established before Plymouth was. It only barely survived until Smith got back from England and kicked well-born butts, but it did survive. But for a long time after the Civil War it was barely mentioned because it was in VA.

        Posted by ProudHillbilly | May 13, 2016, 7:39 pm
      • AHA! Thanks. And for the record, I was born in 1952, and public schooled in AZ.

        Posted by guffaw1952 | May 13, 2016, 8:15 pm
  3. Revisionist history… THAT is what this is…

    Posted by OldNFO | May 13, 2016, 6:37 pm

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