GDG- NPs & Slavery

Charles T. Joyce CTJoyce at
Tue Jan 3 08:09:05 CST 2012

The thing that everyone is missing here who complains about the mention
of slavery in the VC movie is that, for many Americans, Gettysburg will
be their only taste of CW History.  It may be still, after 150 years, be
comfortable to for some to face, but without the South's allegiance to
slavery there would have been no secession, without secession there
would have been no war, and without the war there would have been no
Battle of Gettysburg.  It's inclusion in the overall discussion of the
battle isn't just appropriate, it is in my view essential.

-----Original Message-----
From: gettysburg-bounces at
[mailto:gettysburg-bounces at] On Behalf Of Tom Ryan
Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 8:52 AM
Subject: Re: GDG- NPs & Slavery

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
<<Well- IMHO, the NPS has put slavery into the stories of the CW because
is Politically Correct!>>

I generally agree with this statement at least in the Gettysburg
and find it disconcerting to watch the introductory movie at the
VC because of the heavy infusion of slavery in the presentation.  There
is a
time and place for everything.  The detailed discussion of the slavery
IMO is more appropriate at a memorial devoted to the CW in general.

The primary focus for an introduction at Gettysburg should be the
Campaign itself, a period of roughly two months from June 3 to August 3,
1863, and the detailed discussion and presentation at the VC should be
the actual events during this period (with a strong emphasis on the
three-day battle) and their significance.

Again IMO the NPS has overreached in their presentation of slavery at
Gettysburg, and my sense is that it succumbed to pressure from groups or
individuals who have an agenda to promote the slavery issue even if it
the wrong time and in the wrong place.

Regards, Tom Ryan

.com -to unsubscribe for Archives

More information about the Gettysburg mailing list