I'm "only seeing the history of the Confederacy through the writings and distorted history written by the North"?

Gee, that's strange, since

(1) my schooling was almost entirely in the Mississippi Delta,

(2) my entire direct family line was buried all the way back to 1870 in the same cemetery at the Southern Baptist church we attended,

(3) our family acquaintance was US Sen. James O. Eastland, who was for a generation the most powerful racist in America (my grandmother used to sell his moonshine at his plantation commissary back in the 1930's),

(4) I attended a "segregation academy" for a year (which system of schools was spearheaded by Sen. Eastland in protest against Brown v. Board of Education), and

(5) we were doggone proud of our Confederate heritage - yes, I did have a "Stars and Bars" flag and flew it, and we were all absolutely sure the Civil War was actually the War of Northern Aggression.

Okay? Not too many people have the kind of experience with the very deepest of the Deep South - the Delta - that I do.

Now, imagine what I thought when I read Mississippi's Articles of Secession - you know, the document that declared why MS seceded from the Union. Mind you, this was NEVER taught in MS schools, and wasn't common knowledge until the advent of the internet:

"In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin."

https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_missec.asp

The document goes on in precisely that vein for nearly its entirety. It was ALL about slavery. And nobody in Mississippi schools was ever allowed to see it.

Sir, it isn't that the North distorted history, but it was the SOUTH that distorted the history taught in our schools.

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