Posts belonging to Category 'Opinion/Editorial'

Issac Bailey | Let’s try logic on flying Confederate flag

From a strictly logical standpoint, it’s a no-brainer what should be done about the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds in Columbia.
The two-thirds of the member businesses recently surveyed by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce got it right, that the issue should be revisited.
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This anniversary, don’t go for broke

Two score and 10 years ago, give or take, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and New York state might have had money to burn on a Civil War centennial celebration. They certainly had the foresight not to plan the whole thing at the last minute.
Fifty years later finds New York in not such well-heeled times.
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Civil War relativists are on the right – and wrong

Here’s a quick quiz culled from our contemporary culture wars: Who said, “There are two sides to every story, two sides to a conflict, and while it would seem simple to record and report history, it has always been open to different interpretations”?
A. An NAACP official.
B. À La Raza activist.
C. A Sons of Confederate Veterans [...]

DIVIDED WE FALL: Civil War display tells it as it was

In April 1961, the National Archives in Washington opened a major exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. It did not even mention slavery or emancipation.
That the Archives would gloss over the causes and consequences of the Civil War in telling its history seems incredible, but it reflects the tensions that ran high [...]

A Senator Secedes – Reluctantly

Almost everyone in Charleston, it seemed, had gone wild for secession. Flags with the state symbol, the palmetto tree, flew on every street, and even from ships in the harbor. Abraham Lincoln was burned in effigy. News agents throughout the city vowed never again to sell Harper’s Weekly – the most widely circulated magazine in [...]

Review: National Archives exhibit on the Civil War

Following up on last April’s “Discovering the Civil War” Part One, the National Archives opened its “Discovering the Civil War” Part Two on Wednesday, the continuation of an exhibition so large that it was forced to show it in two installments. The new show, opening just in time for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s 1860 [...]

Premonition at Vicksburg

During the last days of the campaign, while Lincoln stayed close to home and held his tongue, another man who would soon be president played somewhat less coy.
For six full weeks, Senator Jefferson Davis had been barnstorming through Mississippi on behalf of the Southern Democrats. The state was ablaze with excitement, even though — or [...]

The 150-Year War

MY attic office is walled with books on Lincoln and Lee, slavery and secession. John Brown glares from a daguerreotype on my desk. The Civil War is my sanctum — except when my 7-year-old races in to get at the costume box. Invariably, he tosses aside the kepi and wooden sword to reach for a [...]

The Last Ordinary Day

Seven score and 10 years ago, a little Pennsylvania town drowsed in the waning light of an Indian summer. Almost nothing had happened lately that the two local newspapers found worthy of more than a cursory mention. The fall harvest was in; grain prices held steady. A new ice cream parlor had opened in the [...]

Time to set record straight on Confederate Flag ban

At least I know you’re reading.
Last week, I tackled a somewhat sensitive issue in this area of the nation, the use of the Confederate flag. The point was that the flag should be banned by West Virginia University and its employees.
Putting it lightly, some people disagreed.
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