By James W. Loewen
Most americans carry easy misconceptions concerning the Confederacy, the Civil conflict, and the activities of next neo-Confederates. for instance, thirds of Americans―including so much background teachers―think the accomplice States seceded for “states’ rights.” this mistake persists simply because so much have by no means learn the main records in regards to the Confederacy.
These files have constantly been there. while South Carolina seceded, it released “Declaration of the quick reasons Which result in and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.” The record truly opposes states’ rights. Its authors argue that Northern states have been ignoring the rights of slave proprietors as pointed out through Congress and within the structure. equally, Mississippi’s “Declaration of the instant reasons …” says, “Our place is carefully pointed out with the establishment of slavery―the maximum fabric curiosity of the world.”
Later records during this assortment express how neo-Confederates obfuscated this fact, beginning round 1890. The proof additionally issues to the centrality of race in neo-Confederate suggestion even this day and to the continued value of neo-Confederate rules in American political lifestyles. The a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of secession and civil warfare offers a second for all american citizens to learn those files, effectively set in context through award-winning sociologist and historian James W. Loewen and co-editor, Edward H. Sebesta, to install viewpoint the mythology of the outdated South.