It wasn't until 2002 that I learned "The War of Northern Aggression" was something that once occurred in our history. The term was brought to attention by my partner in a summer fling that year, a grad student living in Chicago transplanted from Atlanta.
She came from a very well-to-do family and told me tales of her debutante ball, which believe it or not is still a thing that exists down there. She informed me that The War of Northern Aggression was a conflict which raged from 1861-1865, and it was basically the imperialist Yankees invading and destroying The South, which had a peaceful plantation existence, predicated on their pure individualist desire to just be left alone to their own wholesome self-determination.
It's worth noting that she herself had inherently and completely rejected this absurd narrative of egregious revisionism; as many, if not all, educated and enlightened Southerners do.
It wasn't until early this past week that I actually saw what these Georgia text books looked like, and saw a report on what that elementary school disinformation campaign entailed.
Watch the video below, it explains everything in full. The South Shall Not Rise Again, because they have been up and fighting every single day since the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9th, 1865.
Last night, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said that the Civil War was a product of our failure to "compromise" and praised Robert E. Lee. It was straight Lost Cause-ism, no chaser.
He should watch this video. Everyone should. pic.twitter.com/KHYdNBd9UD
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 31, 2017
Eye-opening isn't it?
It perfectly explains how and why we're still fighting the Civil War today. Because it's a cause that many in The South never abandoned and possibly never will. It's been a disinformation campaign, which is infinitely worse and much more sinister than a misinformation campaign.
Just over half of Americans say that slavery was the main cause of the Civil War, but 41 percent disagree, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll published in August of 2015.
Even though Alexander Stephens, the Vice President of the Confederacy himself, gave the Cornerstone Speech in Savannah, Georgia, 1861. The cornerstone was white supremacy, and the edifice was the Confederate States of America.
Sadly, many in The South spent 1865-present spinning the cause of the war into "state's rights" and the right of a state to secede from the union. Sure, okay, we'll give you that- The South fought to the death over a state's right to enslave, dehumanize and subjugate an entire race of people.
They lost, and after their defeat, created and romanticized a "lost cause."
True believers of The South will tell you their Stars & Bars, St. Andrew's Cross and Southern Cross symbols are all about "heritage, not hate."
When literally their heritage IS hate.
Getting back to my lady friend from 15 years ago, her father once took her to the outskirts of town and said "this is where that bastard Sherman arrived, before he burnt everything to the ground." Her friends deemed her "a yankee sell out/turn coat" due to her decision to attend a party school in southwestern Ohio.
Well, the Buckeye State did produce more important, high powered Union generals than any other state. It's why the NHL team in Columbus is nicknamed the Blue Jackets.
Obviously, people like her deranged Dad and her childhood chums without the means to attend a rich white girl school and join a sorority are still very prevalent these days. They somehow believe that a failed insurrection, a treasonous and always inevitably doomed rebellion was somehow destined to be the next American Revolution...if not for that damned Abraham Lincoln and U.S. Grant.
However, don't paint The South with a broad brush. Yes, there are plenty of people who hold with the ideals of the marchers in Charlottesville, but there are many, MANY more who actually maintain a stranglehold on reality.
Most people there "get it," so don't let the Nazis and Confederate sympathizers cloud your perception of the normal people below the Mason-Dixon line. In 2009, I visited the Confederate White House Museum in Richmond, Virginia. In the capital of the Confederacy, they tell a more realistic tale of the former "nation-state."
The museum goer learns how Confederate President Jefferson Davis let his kid play with a cannon, felt the need to take a lot of time straightening up his desk when he learned the north were closing in, and just wasn't the most responsible parent overall.
The Confederacy itself is also chronicled in a less than idealized fashion, as they inform the attendee about how many tries it took them to even get a serviceable flag going, and how pretty much no one in the international community even recognized them as a true, sovereign nation.
When you think about it, it's amazing the war lasted four years, and not four weeks.
If you take the Confederate White House tour, you'll be reminded, just as we were last night with election results, of this truth- Virginia is really much more a Mid-Atlantic state than it is a southern state.
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune corporation blogging community Chicago Now.
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