Here's some information - https://www.civilwar.org/learn/articles ... -secessioncarlson1 wrote:What is sad is that people really believe the Civil War was just about slavery.
More Texas-centric, from the wonderful Handbook of Texas Online - https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/onl ... cles/mgs02
If there is any doubt as to the role the slavery question played, consider this shameful quote from The Declaration of Causes which Impel the State of Texas to Secede from the Federal Union, "We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable."
More can be found here - https://www.civilwar.org/learn/primary- ... ates#Texas.
These are all reasons history should not be forgotten. Confederate statues don't glorify anything evil, they guard the memory of something never to be repeated. They must not come down.
Of course, I speak of slavery not to be repeated, not of secession. I'm a patriotic American and fully agree with the Colonies' decision to secede from the Crown. There are very rare circumstances when secession is a moral imperative.
Washington and Jefferson are targets of the modern left. I bet we see a movement to rename Forts Bragg and Hood, and others. The town of Granbury (in Hood County) is named after a Confederate general. The Davis Mountains in West Texas are another double whammy - Confederate President Davis, named in honor of slave holding President Jefferson, tied up in one bundle.
Or maybe we should recognize the blood on both sides of the War Between the States demands the memory be preserved and remain a dark element in our culture.
It was, after all, a completely American war.