GDG- NPS & slavery
ATMackeyJr at aol.com
ATMackeyJr at aol.com
Wed Jan 4 20:55:00 CST 2012
Thank you for your very kind words. I agree that the full story needs to
be told, and it appears to me that the NPS is well on the way to doing this
at Gettysburg. I am the last person who would want to ignore the military
We tend to think of things in very simple terms. For example, "North" and
"South" in the war. Those are very simplistic in that the "South" doesn't
take into account all the southerners who fought for the Union, the four
southern states that remained loyal, or the 4 million African Americans
living in the seceded states. The "North" doesn't include those who "went
South" or those who opposed the war and Lincoln's policies in the North, nor
does it include the Far West, such as California. When we speak of
"southerners," we're usually talking about white southerners in the seceded states,
surely a subset of all southerners.
A very human thing.
In a message dated 1/4/2012 11:00:15 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
amills at jplcreative.com writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
I have to admit, this is an excellent point that I found myself failing
despite having what I consider to be a very liberal and modern view on race.
I never considered myself to be a racist or bigot, but this showed me that
my eyes were not as opened as I thought.
I only considered the owners and the "white" people and gave no
consideration to the slave population that also called Arlington "home."
I am in part embarrassed and also now understand how little of this
history has been taught and why it needs to be told, even at places I normally
didn't felt it shouldn't be told. I used to be in the "Slavery needs to be
told, but Gettysburg should focus on the battle and Lincoln's address and
slavery should be the focus of places like the National Civil War Museum in
Harrisburg", but realizing something about myself, I don't want my children
growing up ignorant of this history as well as I truly feel it is the core
story of America that still resonates to this day.
I just want to personally thank you. This one email has opened my eyes to
why this story needs to be told at any appropriate place more than
anything I have seen, read or heard previously. I am now fully in the camp that
the slave story needs to be a key part of the Gettysburg story and not just
the story of why two white armies decided to fight on those fields
(although I still think the military story and the actions of those three days
needs to be told as well). It sounds a little cliché, but I realized something
about myself from this one email and something I need to correct.
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