GDG- NPs & Slavery

ATMackeyJr at ATMackeyJr at
Tue Jan 3 19:20:10 CST 2012

I don't mean any disrespect to anyone here, but in my opinion the term  
"politically correct" is next to meaningless.  Most of the time we see it,  
it's merely substituted for "doesn't agree with me."
Best Regards,
Al Mackey
In a message dated 1/3/2012 9:15:26 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
bluzdad at writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
I don't think all "Politically Correct" things are  necessarily bad. It's 
not impossible to go overboard with it, I suppose,  but I don't think that 
this is one of those instances. I already knew, of  course, that slavery was 
an issue that divided the country and was a  major (if not the major) cause 
of the war.  I learned it in fifth grade.  I've been to the new VC a couple 
of times, on my own and with friends and  family, and I can't honestly say I 
was  overwhelmed  by the  slavery presentation. I think that the context in 
which it was presented  was pertinent to the war, and to Gettysburg's place 
in the history of the  war. I think that my kids were enlightened, and my 
friends were reminded  of the issues, that seem  removed and foreign to us  
"Hello! I'm The Doctor."
(Dr.  Who)

From: Nancy Householder  <pipecreek1430 at>
To: Gettysburg Discussion  <gettysburg at> 
Sent: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 8:08  AM
Subject: GDG- NPs & Slavery

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

Well I don't like doing things just  because they are  politically correct, 
I do think that for  years
slavery was the subject that was ignored when talking about the CW.  In the 
late 19th century
and most of the 20th century slavery was a subject  that was ignored after 
the war.

In the south, the lost cause folks  declared that the reason for seccssion 
was States Rights- not  slavery.

In the north, slavery was outlawed by the 13th amendment, so  it was no 
longer an issue to be discussed.
Also, most of  the  Northern soldiers who volunteered, were there to 
preserve the Union.

I  think one of the major causes of the war was slavery. Not just where it  
existed, but whether it should
be extended to the terriotories/ future  states.  Lincoln stated that he 
had no power to change slavery in the  

states where it existed, he was opposed to extending it into the  
territories. When he was elected, South 

Carolina used that as an  excuse to seccede, saying that the Republican 
party was going to go after  slavery.
Then other states secceded for the same reason.

so- how is  slavery not relevant to the story of the Civil War?

Nancy  Householder
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