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Reflecting on Confederate Memorial Day

last month

Confederate Memorial Day means different things to different people. Some people feel it honors history and those who died in the Civil War. They feel it is patriotic in a way. Other people are bothered by it because they think anything related to the Confederacy stands for racism and slavery. Key Takeaways: Secession was an […]

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Dispatches from the front: The Civil War then and now

last month

Much can be learned when we seek to understand rather than erase history. This is best done by reading first hand accounts from various sides to form our understanding. Writing under a pseudonym, in 1862, a correspondent for the Charleston Daily Courier and a sympathizer of the south, took many risks to provide readers then […]

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Sally Tompkins: Angel of the Confederacy recognized

last month

This woman is part of Confederate history ad is finally being recognized. It’s good to see this since women are so often not mentioned even when their accomplishments are very important. Hopefully she will start being talked about in books and in schools as well so people will recognize her name. Key Takeaways: Tompkins wanted […]

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Bill’s sharp teeth would defend monuments to Confederacy

last month

This interesting bill is going to defend Confederate monuments and symbols. People often want these removed from public view. They want to pretend slavery and the Civil War ever happened but that’s a bad idea because history which is ignored is destined to be repeated at least to some small extend. Key Takeaways: An East […]

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Germany has much to teach us about our Confederate memorials

a couple of months ago

Germany has a lot to teach us about our Confederate memorials. It is not a good idea to get rid of a piece of history. It can be moved if everyone wants it, but because something is not like, that does not mean that it needs to go away. There is a lot to learn […]

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The 5th Circuit Confederate Monument Ruling is a Slippery Slope

a couple of months ago

It is a slippery slope for the 5th circuit confederate monument ruling. It was a disappointing ruling for the monuments. The move to remove confederate monuments is spreading. The reason they are being removed is because people feel that they represent something that they do not like. They are inanimate objects, so they really have […]

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Martin Dyckman: Memory of FSU professor’s enduring lesson on free speech, tolerance

a couple of months ago

A professor named Lewis M. Killian gave an enduring lesson on what freedom of speech should mean to a college campus. A good idea that someone can remember and keep forever is that nothing is more dangerous to a democracy than the suppression of speech. Without free, speech, there is no freedom. Key Takeaways: Lewis […]

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Understanding Robert E. Lee

a couple of months ago

It’s a tough task to understand Robert E. Lee. He was around a very long time ago. His family had slaves, but he never purchased any though. He had contempt for the practice of keeping slaves. He said that there were people that would not acknowledge that slavery was a bad thing. Lee lived in […]

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Our Opinion: Confederate flag calls for debate, not censorship

a couple of months ago

In a victory for free speech, the Confederate battle flag won’t be banished from public schools in North Carolina’s Orange County. Despite pressure from the Northern Orange County NAACP chapter and local students and parents, school board members on Monday declined to adopt a system-wide ban on the rebel flag. That wise and prudent decision […]

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