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  •  Sorry to harp on the Civil War... (8+ / 0-)

    ...but another Southern myth that empowers racists should be deflated as well.  There were Unionists in the South who opposed the Confederacy, not only by non-violent actions, but by going north to join the Union Army or forming partisan bands in the South to attack the Confederacy.  22,000 of Lee's fellow Virginians felt so passionately about it, they joined the Union Army.

    They saw secession as dangerous, illegitimate, and contrary to the intentions of the Founding Fathers, and believed that the Confederacy could not improve on the United States government. The desire for security was a motivation for Unionist slaveholders, who feared that secession would cause a conflict that would result in the loss of their slaves; however, some stated that they would rather give up slavery than dissolve the union. The Southern ideals of honor, family, and duty were as important to Unionists as to their pro-secession neighbors. They believed, however, that rebelling against the United States, which many of their ancestors had fought for in 1776 and 1812, was the unmanly and dishonorable act.    [emphasis is mine]

    Tell me what to write. 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

    by rbird on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 05:43:02 AM PDT

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    •  People don't realize (2+ / 0-)
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      that there was far from unanimous support in the South.

      I remember in a class I took about the Civil War and Reconstruction, when our professor showed us a map breaking down, county by county, the areas of the south that supported secession.  Almost all of the counties that supported it were in the areas where cotton was grown, and thus there were a lot of slaves.  Conversely, almost all of the counties where this wasn't the case didn't support secession.

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