We are currently reorganizing our library and having fun discovering long-lost books along the way. Wait – that’s misleading. Reorganizing suggests that it was organized at some point in the past. At any rate, I had at least one ulterior motive: I’m pleased that my nefarious plan to get our kids to voluntarily read some non-fiction is working.
That’s why I found The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South
lying open this morning. This is all a lead-up to the following quote, which I couldn’t help but share:
There was no civil war
On strict definition, a civil war is between at least two political factions trying to take over the same government by violent means. The South had no intention of taking over the government of the United States when eleven states left the Union between December 1860 and May 1861. The Southern states’ intention was to establish a confederacy of slaveholding governments that would peacefully co-exist with the United States on its northern border. The new Confederate leaders wanted peace, not war, and they believed the United States Constitution was written as a compact among states from which secession was an obvious option if the central government seemed overbearing. In other words, they did not think the Union was irrevocable.
Did you know that? Did you learn that in your history class? I didn’t think so. Regardless of how you feel about the the War Between the States, there is unquestionably some historical revision going on in our nation’s textbooks. After all, the side that won the war gets to write the history.by