In 2000 when George Bush was “selected” by the SCOTUS to be President of The United States, his supporters kept saying to the detractors who protested The Court’s decision to “move on and get over it…” I think it’s time to get over this issue as well. The North won. It’s time to move on.
When National Park Service rangers fired a New Year’s cannon shot at this Civil War battleground to hail the arrival of 2011, they also ushered in the start of a four-year commemoration of the war’s 150th anniversary.
The events include a multitude of battle re-enactments, lecture series, readings, concerts and plays that will be held on the battle fields tended to by the Park Service and in private estates from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico to New York.
But the slate of commemorations is also fraught with political peril. Deep divisions over why the war was fought persist, especially in the South. The debate still roils over slavery’s role as the principal cause of the war. The first commemoration, a private “secession gala” organized by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Charleston on Dec. 20, did not signal an auspicious start to the upcoming calendar of events.
The date marked the 150th anniversary of the day South Carolina became the first of 11 states to secede. Inside the ballroom, elected officials and others in period costume celebrated the courage of their fore-bearers to stand up for their state’s right to leave the Union. Outside, on the sidewalk, the NAACP led 100 demonstrators who viewed the event as a celebration of a treasonous act against the federal government in order to protect the institution of slavery. More…
- After 150 years, the Civil War still divides the United States … (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- NAACP Protests ‘Secession Ball’ In South Carolina (huffingtonpost.com)
- Civil War anniversary celebrations stir race debate (thegrio.com)
- NAACP Protests ‘Slavery Party’ in South Carolina (humanrights.change.org)
- Historians find Virginia textbooks about as accurate as Fox News (dailykos.com)