Letter to the Editor
Itís a shame to see what history is taught in Americaís schools, that the snide behavior that students are taught is acceptable in public forums. A few facts: less than 10 percent of Confederate soldiers ever owned a slave. Large numbers of soldiers werenít white men at all (like my grandpa): American Indians, Hispanics, (thousands appear on Texas rosters) and even African Americans and women (more than 300 are known to have disguised their sex to enlist). Recommended reading:
The Emancipation Proclamation, which was not issued until the fall of 1862 and didnít free a soul. Northern slaveholding states and territory retaken by the Union Army are specifically excluded by name in paragraph three.
The Corwin Amendment, which Lincoln offered to South Carolina if she returned to the Union. It would have protected slavery in perpetuity. Several states, notably Virginia, didnít secede until Lincoln demanded that they furnish troops to invade neighboring states. So much for their fears for slavery. Only a fool would admit that slavery wasnít a major cause of the war, but it wasnít THE cause, and most men didnít fight for that reason. They faced a very bitter decision: Do I fight for the Union, and shoot my family and friends? Or do I defend my home state? Most people wouldnít side against their loved ones. The majority of citizens were forced into fighting by the choices of greedy politicians ... much like today. And before you scream ďneo-ConĒ at me ... Iím a flaming liberal feminist, and, again, not a white woman.
Rev. Helaina Hinson
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