20 January 2009
President Lincoln & Persistent Myth
"Of course, Lincoln freed no slaves. That's the myth. His Emancipation Proclamation was a military measure to demoralize and destabilize the rebellious South; it covered states he did not govern but did not apply in slaveholding states that remained under his jurisdiction." ~ Leonard Pitts, Jr., Miama Herald, 1/18/09
Myths, myths, and more myths. The Civil War blogosphere is full of discussion about myths when it comes to the War Between the States. Of course, most of these are academic blogs, thus their emphasis applies the ever-present template of negating so-called "Southern" myths, i.e. Lee's Christian character, Jackson's Christian character, The Lost Cause, and the absolutely idiotic notion that Lee's iconic figure can be attributed solely to Lost Cause sympathizers in the South (more coming on that in a future post, though I've already shot that notion full of holes).
Now comes Miami Herald journalist Leonard Pitts, Jr. (Pictured above) to our rescue with some cold shower reality.
(Read Mr. Pitts's insightful piece here. Watch the video too.)