On Civil War Memory

Here’s a terrific blog post from Trae Wisecarver, aka “The Outlaw Historian.”

The Outlaw Historian

One of the most pernicious lies that white supremacists spread in their effort to misrepresent American history is that the American Civil War was fought for some other reason than to protect the right of white people to own black people. Fortunately, we all have access to unlimited information via the internet, and if your interest is in historical fact rather than perpetuating white supremacy, it takes about thirty seconds on Google to find the primary sources. Primary sources are sources created during the period in history which you are studying.[1] Put simply, we know why white southerners seceded and rebelled against the United States in 1861 because they told us.

Christmas Eve, 1860, the South Carolina secession convention adopted a
declaration of the causes of secession. The document cites the refusal of free
states to cooperate with the Fugitive Slave Law by returning refugees to their

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