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Southern Post-War Views of Slavery

By Gene Betit | September 26, 2018 |

Once the guns went silent, Southerners embraced fascinating views about slavery and the war’s cause. Edward A. Pollard, wartime editor of the Richmond Examiner and the first to popularize the South’s “Lost Cause” mythological version of the war in his book The Lost Cause; A New Southern History of the War of the Confederates, opined,…

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Black Confederates in Butternut and Gray

By Gene Betit | September 25, 2018 |

The Confederacy’s policy of arming slaves went through fascinating twists and turns. On January 11, 1865, Lee conceded that “military necessity” necissitated arming slaves “without delay.” But bureaucracy does not progress rapidly; President Davis did not sign enabling legislation until March 13 — about three weeks before Lee surrendered at Appomattox, a case of “too little, too late.”

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United States Colored Troops

By Gene Betit | September 24, 2018 |

Few students of American history are aware of the critical role African Americans played in their own liberation – even “experts” who follow the Civil War rarely appreciate how critical their participation was. At first, the Union carefully avoided any threat to slavery because of the need to cultivate the Border States and pacify Unionists…

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Lincoln’s Views on Slavery

By Gene Betit | September 24, 2018 |

For a man with nearly no formal education, Abraham Lincoln was one of our most intelligent and capable presidents. He wisely conceded, “American slavery…belongs to our politics, to our industries, to our commerce and to our religion. Every portion of our territory in some form or other has contributed to the growth and to the…

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Monetization of Slavery

By Gene Betit | September 20, 2018 |

The total wealth represented by the South’s nearly four million slaves was $3.059 billion, a huge component of the country’s national wealth of $16.16 billion at the time. By 1840, cotton produced by slave labor constituted fifty-nine percent of the United States’ exports. The looms of New England and the British linen industry were wholly…

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Did Slavery Cause the Civil War?

By Gene Betit | September 20, 2018 |

Merely asking this question says a lot about the average American’s knowledge of history. The “peculiar institution” was contentious when we were still colonies and part of William Wilberforce’s twenty-year campaign to end England’s international slave trade. After Parliament passed the Slave Trade Act of 1807, President Thomas Jefferson followed suit the following year. Because…

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Slavery

By Gene Betit | September 17, 2018 |

Most of us are unaware that slavery originally existed in all thirteen colonies. Slowly, Quakers and other religions determined that the practice was immoral, mirroring a process taking place in England at the same time. An Abolitionist movement emerged which actively promoted the end of the South’s “peculiar institution.” The Underground Railroad helped run-away slaves…

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White Supremacy

By Gene Betit | September 16, 2018 |

White supremacy used to “justify” racial superiority by American bigots and Nazi leaders

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White Supremacy and Racism

By Gene Betit | September 16, 2018 |

Concepts of race, “Caucasian,” “Aryan,” master race, Herrenvolk

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Just Sent Collective Amnesia Off to the Publisher!

By Gene Betit | September 9, 2018 |

Collective Amnesia, American Apartheid, racial bias

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