The Civil War was about Slavery, dammit.

I hate and detest historical revisionism, even though it happens all the damn time. It’s bad enough when it can play loosey-goosey with implied stuff and “interpretations” of events, but when it flat out contradicts the facts it drives me fokking bananas.

For example, there has been this far right bullshit slinging that the Civil War was about something other than Slavery. No. That is incorrect. Not factual. Untrue. A fucking bunch of  lies spread by the misinformed. Take your pick. The important part is that everyone learn the truth – the South seceded from the union and started the civil war because the richest among them wanted to own their fellow human beings as property based on the color of their skin.

Seriously. It is not hard to prove. Not only did 4 of the 11 states that pranced away from the  United States of America in a sullen huff explicitly mention slavery as the reason they were scarpering, the vice-president of the Confederacy, Alexander H. Stephens himself, confirmed it. Stephens gave the “Cornerstone Speech” on March 21, 1861 about the brand spanking new Confederate Constitution and assured the Southerners that not only was the new, heavily plagiarized constitution just awesome (“I have no hesitancy in giving it as my judgment that it is decidedly better than the old”), it was magnificent because:

“The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution — African slavery as it exists amongst us — the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. “

When your constitution brags that it is going to keep them darkies in the chains, that is a pretty good sign the war was about maintaining the enslavement of people who were of African decent. It is not a debate anymore. You can yammer all you want about “other factors” but the MAIN REASON FOR THE CIVIL WAR WAS BECAUSE THE SOUTH WANTED TO KEEP SLAVERY.

While I am on the topic, let me say, as a Southern woman who grew up in the South and who loves many aspects of its culture, that we need to collectively get over the fact the Yankees stomped a mudhole where our Rebel asses used to be. I’ve heard all the “Lost Cause” whining  multiple times, and it has all been debunked from here to halleluiah. The Union kicked our nuts up into our nasal cavities fair and square. Move on with your lives. The Germans don’t whinge like this just because they lost. Neither do the Germans put the Nazi flag on their shit to show “pride in their heritage”. Southern love for the Stars-and-Bars is gross. That flag represents treason against the United States of America and your support of the deaths of millions of Africans. Moreover, if the South wasn’t so damn greedy and eager to hold onto slaves it wouldn’t have started this mess by seceding and shooting first, so that flag also represents the death of 650,000 to 850,000 men. Yuck.

The ultimate irony is that poor Southerners weren’t all that gung-ho about the war when it was happening. Hell, 2/3 of the Confederate army bugged out rather than face Sherman, which is why he Marched to the Sea.

It is also a big, fat myth that black troops fought for the Rebels. Black men, free or slave, took the Fuckit Train to Nopeville on behalf of the Confederacy. However, droves of escaped slaves joined the Union troops the minute they got close enough, so many that the Union army had a surplus. That’s not counting the 180,000 free black men and escaped slaves the North already had fighting for them.

Finally, it is utter malarkey that Reconstruction was so hard on the poor widdle whites in the South. The only time they got slapped down by the North (AKA – the winners) was over their God-awful attempts to keep blacks enslaved in circumstance, if not in name. While the North was trying to build roads and schools, the South was putting together the KKK under Nathan Bedford Forrest. That’s the exact same former Confederate General who ordered the Fort Pillow Massacre, an “orgy of death, a mass lynching to satisfy the basest of conduct – intentional murder – for the vilest of reasons – racism and personal enmity”. According to a letter written by Lieut. Gen. S. D. LEE, C. S. Army, Comdg. Dept. Ala., Miss., and E. La., Meridian, Miss.":Men (white men and black men) were crucified and burned; others were hunted by bloodhounds, while others in their anguish were made the sport of men more cruel than the dogs by which they were hunted. I have also sent to my Government copies of General Forrest's reports, together with the certificate of Captain Young.” Yeah, what a bunch of nobles those Confederates were.  Frankly, I’m not crying for the poor downtrodden former slave owners and poor white people were already poor and desperate under the lash of the Southern oligarchy way before Reconstruction started.

Comments

In order to comment on BlogHer.com, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.

Recent Posts by Betty Fokker