Letter to the Editor
March 22, 2006
Okay, I’ll be the one to say it… the king has no clothes. Rev. Hall holds himself out to be "intelligent and well educated." For heavens sake he has a "Master’s Degree." In spite of his high level of education, Rev. Hall’s knowledge of history is sorely lacking, to wit:
While "conduct(ing) (his) substantial amount of research" did Rev. Hall read the Declaration of Independence? It CLEARLY states:
…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive… it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…
After conduct(ing) a substantial amount of research does Rev. Hall REALLY believe hundreds of thousands of poor Southern boys were willing to give their lives so a few rich planters could keep their slaves? Might there have been other motivation to fight and die?
Did his substantial research not reveal that Abraham Lincoln was an admitted racist stating publicly:
"I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races — that 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 from living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."
Did he not read the Emancipation Proclamation and discover that it didn’t free any slaves and was a simply a PR ploy? Further, it failed to cause the intended slave uprising in the South because – even without Southern men present – the blacks remained loyal to their families.
In his research did he discover that Confederate President Jefferson Davis adopted a 5 year-old black boy during the war and that Jim Limber was taken from the family when Davis was captured and never seen again?
While conducting his research did he learn that General Robert E. Lee, CSA freed his slaves years before the war while General U.S. Grant, USA held his black slaves in bondage until FORCED to free them by the 13th Amendment after the War of Northern Aggression?
Did he not know that General Grant stated, "If I thought this war was to abolish slavery, I would resign my commission, and offer my sword to the other side."
Did his substantial research reveal that states like Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and the Oregon Territory had laws to forbid black immigration?
Did he not learn that at the end of the War of Northern Aggression 19 of 24 Northern states did not allow blacks to vote? Nowhere were blacks allowed to serve on juries before 1860. Negroes could not give testimony in 10 northern states, and were prevented from assembling in two.
During his research did he learn about the 100 years of devastation that reconstruction wreaked on the South?
For more history set straight go to http://www.ilovedixie.com and click on the "Corrected History" button.
Slavery is evil, but there is blame enough to go around – including to the north (United States) which always gets a pass. I say honor those who gave their lives to defend their hearth and home.
And may I suggest Rev. Hall take an American history class at a college other than the one that taught him to spell.