Rewriting the History of the Civil War leaves the Truth Unchanged I never thought I would live long enough to see Orwell’s prophesy coming true in America.

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By John C. Perry

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”  — From George Orwell’s book, 1984

I never thought I would live long enough to see Orwell’s prophesy coming true in the United States of America.  

Substitute the word “Party” with the word “Liberal” and I think we are headed down Orwell’s 1984 road. With the tearing down of Confederate statues and memorials being renamed this nation is moving towards a left wing version of “right speak,” which I find so very disheartening.

First, no 21st century person with even any semblance of a moral structure and a belief in human rights could ever condone, support or believe in Nazism, the supremacy of races or any discrimination due to race, class or religion.

My father proudly fought against totalitarianism in World War II.

With the attacks on Confederate heritage symbols, it seems that today we are trying to judge 19th century Americans based on 21st century standards, and we are doing so with little regard to an educated view of history and in many cases an utter disregard of the truth. By the end of the American Civil War, slavery was over in this country, but prior to that it was a legal institution. Slavery in humankind has existed since history was first recorded.

I was interested in the American version of slavery and wrote a book about it, and after researching the topic I found how we really, as a society today, know so little about the facts of American slavery.

For instance, the fact that the majority of people in the South prior to the Civil War didn’t own slaves (only about 25% of families owned slaves) or the fact that there were actually more free African‐Americans in the South than in the North. Even some of those free African‐Americans in the South owned their own slaves.

So today we attack slaveowners for doing something that was legal and had been done for thousands of years.

Of course, slavery is morally reprehensible to our 21st century standards, but does that give us the right to judge the actions of the past with total disdain and out of context? As President Trump asked, where do we stop, today Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson and tomorrow George Washington or Thomas Jefferson?

Video: President Trump asks — where will it stop?

Even some national conservative leaders have called Confederate leaders and soldiers traitors.

They were no more so than the American colonists who revolted against their legal British governance. A nationally known conservative talk show host said that the Civil War was fought entirely to free the slaves. Even a cursory review of history will dispute that. The Civil War was fought as described by Abraham Lincoln to “save the Union,” and it simply morphed, by the end of the war, to free the slaves.

Unwilling to wait for local officials to act to take down a Civil War monument, a group of protesters took matters into their own hands Monday night.

Most Union soldiers were fighting to save the Union, while most Confederate soldiers were fighting to defend their homes and families from invaders.

A friend of mine said the other day, “I have lived too long,” upon seeing what is being done to Confederate monuments. Another friend said that maybe it shows us it is just the time for
Jesus to come back and take us out of this world. I can well understand those feelings.

Unfortunately, the day of discussing disagreements is over.

If the person opposes your views you no longer have a discussion, that person immediately becomes your enemy and the only discussion is a shouting match or even worse violence. What has happened in American society?

The truth in history is not always easy to find and to really understand history you must put yourself in the shoes of those who lived it. In other words, it takes work.

An agenda today based on social and political issues does not rewrite history.

A mob toppling and destroying a statue of a Confederate soldier really changes nothing about history, it simply shows the ignorance of those who did it. I find some comfort in knowing the radical anti‐Confederate talk does nothing to really change history, the truth will always be the truth, thank God!

John C. Perry is the author of Myths & Realities of American Slavery, Burd Street Press, 2002.

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  1. Slavery was not created in the USA. The men who wrote the Constitution were not the creators of slavery. At the time that the Constitution of the USA was written, there was no country on this planet where black slavery was illegal. Black slavery was legal in Britain until 1848 and in Brazil until 1877.
    For 1400 years, slavery has been a tool of religious conversion for Islam. Shari’ah prohibits any Muslim from making a slave of a fellow Muslim and also forbids a Muslim to emancipate a slave who has not converted to Islam. Thousands of people who were brought to the Americas in chains were Muslims because of these 2 rules. They converted to Islam after being put into chains, in the hope of receiving better food, shelter, clothing and treatment, and, eventually, emancipation.
    No American ever went to Africa to pull a black man out of a grass hut and put chains on him. Every black slave that was ever brought to the western hemisphere was either put in chains by a Muslim or was the descendant of a man or woman who was put into chains by a Muslim. Open-air slave auctions were held in the town square of Mecca (Saudi Arabia) as late as the 1960s (Nineteen Sixties), and, after that time, continued indoors. Slavery is still legal in every nation that honors Shari’ah law. If you want to bitch to somebody about slavery, send your hate mail to Mecca. If you want to destroy monuments that represent (and endorse) slavery, burn the mosques.
    White Americans did NOT ever make slaves of free black men. White Americans DID make free men of many thousands of black slaves.
    PS:
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a statement demanding the immediate removal of all Confederate monuments. Is that a surprise? It shouldn’t be. Islam always removes all monuments of pre-Islamic culture to completely remove all memory of the earlier culture.
    They did it in Afghanistan in the 1990s when they destroyed the world’s largest statues of the Buddha standing, sitting and sleeping. They did it in Egypt so successfully that, when Napolean’s troops entered the country at the end of the 18th century, no one could say who had built the pyramids or the ancient temples or what those monuments were meant to commemorate.
    Those who are destroying Confederate monuments today are simply doing the work of Islam in advance of the full Islamization of America.

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