Author Topic: CIVIL WAR DENIAL by David Evans  (Read 1790 times)

Offline Reginald Hudlin

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« on: April 17, 2010, 08:29:40 am »
On April 11, 2010 Jon Meacham, Editor of Newsweek, wrote an OpEd piece in the New York Times criticizing the South’s claim that the Civil War was mainly about states' rights and not about slavery.  This is significant because Jon, a Caucasian, is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee and a distinguished graduate of the McCallie School in that city and the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee.  He is not a self-righteous Yankee or a Southern sell-out.
The editors of the Times published three letters in response to Jon’s piece and one of those was mine.  It ran in today’s paper (4/17/10) and is enclosed below.
Best regards,
April 17, 2010
‘The Past Is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past.’

To the Editor:

As an African-American from the South, I ask: If, from the Confederate states’ viewpoint, the Civil War mainly was about states’ rights, not slavery, why did Virginia, Alabama and Texas explicitly use the term “slaveholding states” in their ordinances of secession?

Even when the federal government was seen as a threat to Southerners’ “prosperity,” much of that threat was the potential abolition of slavery.

David L. Evans
Cambridge, Mass., April 11, 2010

Copyright 2010 The New York Times Company

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Re: CIVIL WAR DENIAL by David Evans
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2010, 09:15:38 am »
Here's a link to the Op-Ed piece by Jon Meachum:
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