Posts belonging to Category 'Opinion/Editorial'

Fact mustn’t be ignored

History, it is often said, is written by its winners.
But it is often revised by its losers, sometimes adding interpretations based on new information or the perspective of time or, unfortunately, simply catering to old, deeply held prejudices.
And so it is this year, the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, that some [...]

Secessionists were clear about their cause: slavery

ONE HUNDRED fifty years after our state seceded from the United States, precipitating the secession of our sister states and, ultimately, the Civil War, there is heated disagreement over just what that secession and war were about. Those who insist that it was fought over slavery and those who insist that it was all about [...]

What has S.C. learned since the Civil War centennial?

I remember the Civil War centennial. I was a mere lad at the time, but images remain. There was enthusiasm throughout the country, but nowhere more than in South Carolina, where it all began.
As historian Robert Cook has written in his book, Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965, the commemoration nearly collapsed out [...]

Sidestepping the role of slavery

To mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Civil War, some groups in the South are planning big parties.
They’ll hold a joyous “secession ball” in the former slave port of Charleston, S.C., the first state to secede from the Union. They’re organizing a parade in Montgomery, Ala., and a mock swearing-in of Jefferson Davis [...]

Slavery drove the South to doorstep of disunion

The nation will soon mark the sesquicentennial of our most uncivil of wars, the war that claimed the lives of more Americans than all other wars combined in our country’s history. The causes of this great tragedy are complex and many, but one towers over all the others — slavery.
On Jan. 3, 1860, the Honorable [...]

Lonnie Bunch: What motivated South Carolina to secede so quickly?

South Carolina was always a state where slavery and issues of race dominated its political structure, cultural life and economy. Slavery was so embedded in everything in South Carolina that it made sense for them to lead the secession movement.
In the 1830s South Carolina lead a nullification crisis where they attempted to threaten the United [...]

Civil War is nothing to celebrate

THIS PAST WEEK, our nation remembered the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was a solemn remembrance, which we undertake every year not because we want to but because we should. There were no parties, no festive songs, no celebration at all, just as we don’t celebrate D-Day, or 9/11, or our ultimate response to Pearl [...]

Brent Glass: What are the best new Civil War books?

Since there are more than 100 books about the Civil War that appear in bookstores and libraries each year, it is hard to read them all, let alone select the best. However, there are two outstanding monographs published in recent years that I recommend: “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” by [...]

The Secession Ball’s revisionist history

On Dec. 20, the group Sons of Confederate Veterans is holding a $100-per-person “Secession Gala” in Charleston, S.C.  to celebrate the state’s signing 150 years ago of the Ordinance of Secession — the document whereby slave-holding states that would eventually form the Confederacy abandoned the Union and sparked the Civil War.
The NAACP plans to protest [...]

Observances should remember real history, not cherished myths

Observances should remember real history, not cherished myths.

We should have made more progress during the past 150 years. Observances of the 150th anniversary of various events leading up to the Civil War should be marked by a look at the real history of our state and nation, not the same fights about the myths surrounding [...]