Brazos County, Texas, honored Confederate soldiers April 5 who fought in the Civil War (video below).
County Commissioners signed a proclamation that said April was “Confederate History and Heritage Month” and also condemned slavery, which is what the Confederate soldiers fought for.
“Brazos County had a good many people who fought in the Civil War,” County Judge Duane Peters told KAGS. “Probably some [...] that fought for the North, maybe, and I know there were a lot that fought in the South.”
Gwendolyn Webb-Hasan, an associate professor at Texas A&M, countered, “For us to want to celebrate a horrible atrocity in our history, as it relates to the Civil War and slavery, and to sometimes do that through the celebration of Confederate History Month, I just think that that's a sad testimony to 2016.”
”Slavery was certainly a bad reason to fight a war over, but that wasn't the only reason and we condemn slavery in the resolution," Judge Peters stated.
“If we're going to talk about it, we've got to talk about the whole story [...] and not just a piece of it,” Webb-Hasan said.
Civil War historian Ken Burns told CBS News’ “Face The Nation” in 2015 that some Americans are under the false impression that the Civil War was not about slavery, noted RawStory.com:
You know, we’ve grown up as [a] country with a lot of powerful symbols of the Civil War in popular culture, and that would be “Birth of a Nation,” D.W. Griffiths’ classic, and “Gone with the Wind,” of course. And in that, it postulates, among other things, both films, that the Ku Klux Klan, which is a homegrown terrorist organization, was actually a heroic force in the story of the Civil War.
So it’s no wonder that Americans have permitted themselves to be sold a bill of goods about what happened: “Oh, it’s about states’ rights, it’s about nullification, it’s about differences between cultural and political and economic forces that shaped the North and the South.”
If you read South Carolina’s Articles of Secession, the first state to secede, the birthplace of secession, the home of the original “fire eaters,” as they were called, in reaction to Abraham Lincoln, a moderate’s election, they do not mention state’s rights.
They mention slavery, slavery, slavery. And that we have to remember. It is much more complicated than that, but essentially the reason why we murdered each other, more than 2 percent of our population, 750,000 Americans died -- that’s more than all the wars from the Revolution through Afghanistan combined -- was over essentially the issue of slavery.
Sources: KAGS, RawStory.com / Photo credit: KAGS via YouTube