Friday, July 24, 2015

Historical Ignorance-Walter Williams, Phd

Here is an article titled, "Historical Ignorance", by Walter Williams, Phd. It covers the Civil War and some of the misunderstanding surrounding the war. Here is a key excerpt:

"Both Northern Democratic and Republican Parties favored allowing the South to secede in peace. Just about every major Northern newspaper editorialized in favor of the South's right to secede. New York Tribune (Feb. 5, 1860): 'If tyranny and despotism justified the Revolution of 1776, then we do not see why it would not justify the secession of Five Millions of Southrons(sic_ from the Federal Union in 1861." Detroit Free Press (Feb. 19, 1861): "An attempt to subjugate the seceded states, even if successful, could produce nothing but evil -- evil unmitigated in character and appalling in content.' The New York Times (March 21, 1861): 'There is growing sentiment throughout the North in favor of letting the Gulf States go.' "

The second part, "Historical Ignorance II" is an equally important to read.  A key excerpt:

"Was President Abraham Lincoln really for outlawing slavery? Let's look at his words. In an 1858 letter, Lincoln said, 'I have declared a thousand times, and now repeat that, in my opinion neither the General Government, nor any other power outside of the slave states, can constitutionally or rightfully interfere with slaves or slavery where it already exists.' In a Springfield, Illinois, speech, he explained: 'My declarations upon this subject of Negro slavery may be misrepresented but cannot be misunderstood. I have said that I do not understand the Declaration (of Independence) to mean that all men were created equal in all respects.' Debating Sen. Stephen Douglas, Lincoln said, 'I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes nor of qualifying them to hold office nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races, which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.' "

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