Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Akil Alleyne ― No, Removing Confederate Monuments Does Not "Erase History"

I take aim at perhaps the silliest and shallowest argument against taking down tributes to the Confederate States of America.

This article concisely summarizes the historical evidence that the South did, in fact, secede from the Union primarily in order to perpetuate slavery:

Here's a list of the Confederate state legislatures' declarations of their reasons for seceding:

For Alexander Stephens' "Cornerstone Speech" of 1861, see

In 1894, Confederate commander John Mosby wrote to a former fellow soldier: "I've always understood that we went to war on account of the thing we quarreled with the North about. I've never heard of any other cause than slavery." ( In 1907, he wrote to another fellow former Confederate: "I am not ashamed of having fought on the side of slavery." (

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