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Weekly History News Roundup

Slavery reparations issue refuses to fade awayConyers’ recent troubles should put an end to discussion

 

Trump’s bizarre call for a military parade… there have only been a handful in US history.

 

DNA shows darker skin in early Britons… tests indicate Cheddar Man to be different from previous theories

 

Charlottesville struggles to cover Lee&Jackson monumentsactivists are removing the shrouds each week

 

Congress votes to remove Jefferson’s name from Gateway to Westbill sent to Trump would rename the park “Gateway Arch National Park”

 

Shrouding our History

 

 

 

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Motion filed to remove Robert E. Lee statue from US CapitolVirginia lawmaker argues against Lee’s place in state history

 

Obama’s Presidential Library to be entirely digital… no paper documents will be housed, even his birth certificates

 

LBJ’s Texas sanctuary is for sale… Ranch is being sold for $2.8 million

 

Nixon’s one liner helped SNL’s parody become reality“Sock it to me” still resonates today

 

American Indian history key to North Dakota’s economy… Mandan and Hidatsa people integral to regional history

 

Cultures collide- and it’s cold!

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Lincoln’s legacy under attack at Wisconsin-Madison… Student group protests statue to the Great Emancipator- millennial iconoclasm knows no bounds.

 

Trump’s Chief of Staff calls Robert E. Lee “honorable”… Thought police refuse to tolerate differing historical interpretations

 

More JFK assassination files released13,000 additional documents made public this week

 

NAACP calls for abolishing National AnthemCalifornia chapter believes the song to be racist

 

Ground finally broken on Eisenhower memorial… funding approved on controversial memorial, which will undoubtedly be protested when finished 

 

Lincoln: Defender of the Union or genocidal maniac?

 

 

 

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Honorable Man, Dishonored Legacy

R0bert E. Lee was an honorable man… White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was not wrong making this observation.  Unfortunately, Lee’s honor too often guided him down the wrong paths in life.  It was this misguided sense of honor that led him to fight for one of the worst causes in history.  Once the conflict was over, Lee behaved admirably in helping the Confederate forces put down their weapons and reenter Union society.

Traitor? Noble Warrior?

Lee advised his former countrymen-

It is the duty of every citizen, in the present condition of the Country, to do all in his power to aid in the restoration of peace and harmony…Dismiss from your mind all sectional feeling, and bring [your children] up to be Americans.”

 

As the President of Washington College, Lee often dismissed white students who carried out violence against black residents… and did not tolerate “Lost Cause”  propaganda at the school.  A professor who regularly criticized US Grant received one of the famous, pointed Lee rebukes:

“Sir, if you ever presume again to speak disrespectfully of General Grant in my presence, either you or I will sever his connection with this university.”

 

 

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Lee descendants grapple with family legacy… the complex issue of monument removal haunts family

 

Wreckage of USS Indianapolis discoveredship sank by Japanese submarine 72 years ago

 

Will Trump resign the Presidency?.many before him have considered it

 

Fruitcake found in Antarctica “practically edible”… was abandoned over 100 years ago by explorer 

 

Civil War Trust acquires 391 acres of battlefields in Virginia... purchase halts significant threat to 3 battlefields

 

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Hubris pt. 3

“Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for. For not one of us, no, not one, is perfect. And were we to love none who had imperfection, this world would be a desert for our love.”

― Thomas Jefferson

Kyle Sammin correctly surmises in the current edition of  The Federalist… that historical figures are imperfect- the millennial demands of  removing every monument and memorial to historical figures who do not satisfy their modern sensibilities is both foolish and destructive.  Though many of his comments following the Charlottesville violence were divisive and insensitive, Trump’s fear that removing monuments to Confederate generals may lead to the destruction of memorials to our Founders were not far from reality.  Trump’s implication(inadvertent)  is that there is a slippery slope with historical revisionism–    Click on links

These links are the steady progression of arbitrary historical revision… being driven by a generation of social justice warriors completely lacking any semblance of humility.  So-called activists who are convinced they are not only morally superior to their grandparents, but to all previous generations.  This is hubris at its most blatant and dangerous.  Politicians, like Nancy Pelosi pander to these intellectual pipsqueaks by joining in this fool’s chorus- moral redemption through historic erasure.

 

As previously stated in the pages of this blog… there are more appropriate places for Confederate symbols and monuments than government buildings and public squares.  This is a reasonable debate and it should continue.  The slippery slope of historical revisionism is real and we are well on the way down it.  Sadly, legitimate leadership is required during such a crisis of conscience.  We have Donald Trump…..

Confederates in the attic

 

 

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The Marble Model

Robert Edward Lee   January 19,1807-October 12, 1870

  • Renounces citizenship  April 20, 1861
  • Granted amnesty by President Andrew Johnson- October 2, 1865
  • Granted full pardon by Johnson- December 25, 1868
  • Citizenship restored by Act of Congress- August 5, 1975  

 “The greatest mistake of my life was taking a military education.”

“A figure lost to flesh and blood and bones, Frozen into a legend out of life, A blank-verse statue —… For here was someone who lived all his life In the most fierce and open light of the sun And kept his heart a secret to the end From all the picklocks of biographers.”  Stephen Vincent Benét

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