12 June 2017

What About George Washington?

George Washington statue in the Boston Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
We continue to see Confederate monuments removed due to their "association with a slave-holding republic." So what about George Washington? He owned slaves. He is the father of a "slave-holding republic." It is "less evil" to own slaves than it is to fight for the Confederacy? When will the moral reformer historian class make the argument for removing all the monuments and statues related to George Washington? When will they call for renaming our nation's capital? If some are going to judge 19th century Americans by 21st century standards, why won't these same individuals do the same with 18th century Americans?

That is the ultimate goal. Not just Washington of course, all the Founders. And all of America's founding principles.

5 comments:

Ralph Steel said...

One needs to remember the difference. Washington and the rest of the American soldiers did not fight to keep and preserve slavery in 1776, however, that was not the case in 1861 for the south.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

You may quibble over the semantics all you would like Ralph, but I think you know the facts speak for themselves. Are you getting nervous?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Besides - you know as well as I do that "the South" (individuals) did not all fight for the same reasons. Lee stated quite plainly why he decided to cast his lot with Virginia.

Eddie said...

As far as fighting to "keep and preserve slavery", I will take William C. Davis's view -- "The widespread northern myth that the Confederates went to the battlefield to perpetuate slavery is just that, a myth. Their letters and diaries, in the tens-of-thousands, reveal again and again, that they fought and died because their Southern homeland was invaded and their natural instinct was to protect their home and hearth."

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Eddie - true. Some, of course, did. Many politicians stated that was THEIR cause, but even that fact is more complicated than some suggest. All that has been discussed here before ad nauseum.