Date: April 30, 2009
I sent the Letter To The Editor posted below to the Albany Georgia newspaper The Albany Herald in response to an anti-Confederate comment posted in the squawkbox which allows brief comments.
James W. King
Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 141
Lt. Col. Thomas M. Nelson
A recent Squawkbox comment stated "I find the legislators’ pandering to Confederate heritage supporters shameful. Georgia decided to secede because a separation from the North was the only thing that could prevent the abolition of slavery. I submit that it is not something we should glorify or be proud of".
As the former commander of the Albany camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization, I have done extensive research and study on the causes of the War Between the States (Civil War). This includes books, articles, statements, and various data from that era as opposed to the writings of modern revisionist historians. I am a veteran of numerous debates on the internet originating from anti-Confederate articles and comments in newspapers nationwide and various internet blogs and opinion forums.
The one common denominator that all individuals who berate, disparage, and condemn the Old South and the Confederacy exhibit is ignorance. Slavery is the issue they concentrate and dwell upon. However, such ignorance is understandable because American history books written by biased Northern professors have not presented Southern and Confederate history in a fair and impartial manner. However, such individuals usually exhibit extreme hardheadedness and resistance to facts, data, and information that challenges their opinions which are based on feelings, emotions and biased history.
The United States of America offered the Confederate States of America the Corwin Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on March 2, 1861, which would have been the original 13th Amendment. It would have made slavery a constitutional and permanent institution. The Confederacy could have accepted the Corwin Amendment and rejoined the Union thus permanently keeping slavery. War would not have been necessary. However, the Confederacy rejected this Amendment because slavery was only a side issue used as a scapegoat for all the differences that existed between the North and South. Excess taxation in the form of an unfair sectional tariff was one of the 10 major political reasons for Southern secession. The South was forced to pay 75% to 85% of the tax money to operate the federal government. The Southern States were being treated as agricultural colonies and bled dry. This abuse was almost as abject as the treatment of the European provinces under their Roman Proconsuls 2,000 years ago.
The Confederacy fought to maintain constitutional limited federal government, states’ rights, and honesty and fidelity in public officials as established by America’s Founding Fathers, who were primarily Southern gentlemen from Virginia. They were not willing for a dominant political party of the North to rule the South. The Confederacy fought for the principal of self-government. It was as noble and honorable a cause as has ever been fought for in human history. On a human level the war was caused by New England greed, hypocrites, fanatics, zealots, and radicals. It was New England that was responsible for the establishment of slavery in America. During the colonial era, the economic infrastructure of the port cities of New England depended upon the slave trade.
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