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  •  My great-great grandfather... (5+ / 0-)

    ...was wounded at Holly Springs, Miss., fighting for the south. He was 17. Had red hair, according to my grandmother.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates has, over the last 2 years or so, done an outstanding series on the Civil War, concluding that it was not "tragic" because it ended slavery. I'm not sure that he's right, but I'm not sure that he's wrong.

    I like to think that if I'd been living in the south 150 years ago, I'd have refused to fight. I don't know if I'm fooling myself. May depend on my age. At 17, I probably would not have had the insight or gumption to refuse.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 07:25:59 PM PDT

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    •  It was tragic... (3+ / 0-)
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      That it took so much bloodshed to end slavery.

      And so much more in the next century to secure civil rights.

      And it's tragic that struggle still must continue today.

      "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

      by Notthemayor on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:45:49 PM PDT

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      •  that government of the people... (4+ / 0-)

        by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

        The war was really about democracy.  That is, one side could not win an election and the other side just walk out if they did not like the outcome.  

        After Antietam Lincoln issued the Emancipation proclamation and that was right and historic.  But the Union winning the war and preserving democracy is what made the 14th amendment law for the United States.  It is what made all other civil and human rights progress in our country possible.  

        It is a little before 2pm on July 3 right now.  And all that has happened that is good and right follows from the right side winning the battle.  

        •  Yet still we fight... (1+ / 0-)
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          Though thankfully not with cannon...

          To maintain the fruits of that victory today.

          "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

          by Notthemayor on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 11:22:11 AM PDT

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