Forgetting slavery

posted by
April 13, 2011
The American Prospect
by Jamelle Bouie  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"To mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War -- April 12, 1861 -- the Pew Research Center surveyed Americans on their view of the war's legacy and released the results Monday. ... But when Pew asked participants about the origins of the Civil War, the results went from mundane to surprising. Not only do a full 48 percent of Americans say that the Civil War was 'mainly about states' rights,' but among those younger than 30, a whopping 60 percent agree with the assessment." [editor's note: Which means the brainwashing is becoming less effective with each generation - SAT] [additional editor's note: Actually, just the opposite - TLK] (04/13/11)  
  • Actually both of you are right.

    The official narrative is that the war was about slavery from start to finish, and any and all other issues were merely rhetorical cover for the slavery issue, and Lincoln waged war to free the slaves.

    The counter narrative is that it is all about states rights.

    The truth is that slavery was tied in to the issue of states rights.

    Every time I demote slavery from "the one and only cause" to "one of several causes", those on the side of the official narrative get freaked out and say that since I didn't say it was the one cause I'm saying it is not a cause at all.

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