Donald began by reminding everyone in attendance what the mainstream PC crowd thinks of the SCV, Confederate compatriots and Southern whites, that we are evil descendants of evil owners of slaves. Rush Limbaugh even has stated the misconception that Lincoln fought to free the slaves. And if Lincoln fought to free the slaves, our ancestors obviously fought to hold their slaves.
The History Channel telecast a documentary on the U.S.S Constellation in 2011 where it was portrayed as battling for freedom during the War Between the States. But, barely mentioned was the fact that it was commissioned earlier and had fought to preserve the slave trade routes vital to the U.S. economy prior to the war.
Spain (for sugar plantations) and not Dixie established and fought for the preservation of their institutions of slavery. 4% of slaves came to the South. 94% came to South America and the Caribbean. The South history shows led the effort to end the slave trade when the states were colonies petitioning the King of England.
Refer to Leon Liwack's "North of Slavery" written in 1960 where he exposes the myth of the negro in the Free States. Slaves were used throughout the Northern states but the abolitionists wanted to end slavery to be rid of the negroes, to send them back to Africa. Free people of color were treated as second class citizens in the Northern states.
Senator Hiram Revels was the first black U.S. Senator who assumed the seat of Jefferson Davis in Mississippi. He opposed the harsh treatment of the whites in the South of Reconstruction. He also saw the ploy of the carpetbaggers in stirring up animosity between the races in the South to secure political power. In 1974 he wrote to President Grant, "The bitterness and hate created by the late civil strife has, in my opinion, been obliterated in this state, except perhaps in some localities, and would have long since been obliterated in this state, were it not for some unprincipled men who would keep alive the bitterness of the past, and inculcate a hatred between the races, in order that they may aggrandize themselves by office, and its emoluments, to control my people, the effect of which is to degrade them. "
Howard Floan noted in "The South in Northern Eyes" that the abolitionists fell into the habot of fictionalizing life in the South. Hatred of slavery became hatred of slaveholders which became hatred of the South and Southerners. In fact, Massachusetts was the first state to legalize slavery. Slavery was legal in Massachusetts 68 years longer than it was in Alabama. Massachusetts was the only state to officially elect a "negro whipper".
|Speakers at the AL Div. Education Conference|