Don’t know much about history

Author and historian Victor Davis Hanson at the site below exposes the ignorance and the hypocritical stupidity of many modern college students. These children are products of our education systems that have been infiltrated with Marxist, anti-American subversives spawned from 1960’s radicals who plot to distort, revise and purge our history in their quest for some unearthly “social justice”—indefinable and unattainable.

Dr. Thomas Sowell in his book, “The Quest for Cosmic Justice,” notes that demands for various forms of nebulous equality result in treating others unequally. They impose an often unreasonable cost on many other people. In this case, the scheme to denounce and remove revered people, historical events, memorials and symbols from our public institutions.

The antidote to the childish and totalitarian toxic dismissal and eradication of history is to intellectually engage in debate about it—using logic and evidence to validate one’s position. Good arguments by reputable independent historians exist to question and debunk some versions of our history.

For example, the myths, untruths and partisan views of events during the latter half of nineteenth century America have been challenged by many of these historians. We cannot get objective views from politicized institutional historians.

Charles Adams- Mr. Adams is a world-renowned scholar on the history of taxation and the author of several books such as his 2000 edition of When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession.

“Until the publication of this highly original book, most attempts to explain the origins of the American Civil War relied heavily on regional sympathies and mythology—that the South abandoned the Union to maintain slavery while President Lincoln’s primary goal was to preserve the nation.”

One reviewer, Prof. Donald Livingston, Emory University, wrote: The Civil War violently destroyed the decentralized federal system of the Founders and opened a way for the vast centralized empire of today. To legitimate this revolutionary change, Americans have been taught that secession was unconstitutional, that the South seceded to protect slavery, and that the North invaded to emancipate slaves. Charles Adams, a northern historian, argues persuasively that these propositions are false.

In the Introduction Mr. Adams wrote: Like all Northerners, I was force-fed Lincoln adoration from early school days on into university history courses. The object of preserving the Union, so I was taught, carried with it the emancipation of slavery as one of Lincoln’s hidden motives; hence the Civil War was a war to abolish slavery as well as prevent the breakup of the federal Union. That, unfortunately, is part fable but was necessary to make the cause of the North seem just.

Dr. Charles T. Pace- A medical doctor from Greenville, North Carolina, Dr. Pace recently (2015) published an amazing personalized account of what he calls “The War to Prevent Southern Independence” titled, Southern Independence. Why War?  Carolina native, Prof. Clyde N. Wilson, wrote the Foreword:

“(Dr. Pace’s) analysis of the war certainly reflects his long acquaintance with the people it affected in his native Eastern North Carolina. He tells the familiar story of America’s central conflict in a way it has never been written before.

“Celebratory American mythology insists that the war is best understood as the triumph of Northern freedom and idealism over Southern selfishness and slavery. Actually, this interpretation has not always reigned as totally as it does today in all official and “mainstream” discussion. It is the original propaganda position of the Lincoln party that carried out and won the war on the South (incidentally, with far more opposition among people of the North than has been admitted). It is the official rationale of the winning side paraded as impartial history.

“No honest person who reads Dr. Pace’s labour, a work of many years of research and thought, will ever again think that the great war of 1861-1865 was an exercise of righteousness in the suppression of evil.”

Thomas DiLorenzo- No book about Lincoln’s War that I know of has generated more vilification and hatred toward the author than Prof. DiLorenzo’s The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and the Unnecessary War (2002). So intense was the criticism that DiLorenzo devoted an Afterword (Chapter 11) in response to the critics. Clearly, his exposure of Lincoln’s true character and vile deeds struck a nerve in those who have invested their minds in the mythical and saintly inventions about Lincoln.

DiLorenzo is an economics professor at Loyola College in Maryland. He has written nearly a dozen books and many articles in journals and other publications. (His ongoing studies include a 2006 book, Lincoln Unmasked).

In this scholarly work the author dared to chronicle the truth about Lincoln—one reviewer labeled Lincoln “a racial saint and a national demigod.” Some historians have called him a tyrant, but the myths told about him persist.

In the Foreword Dr. Walter E. Williams wrote: “The Real Lincoln contains irrefutable evidence that a more appropriate title for Abraham Lincoln in not the Great Emancipator, but the Great Centralizer.”

DiLorenzo noted that the Lincoln administration was “the blueprint for big government in America, with its income taxation, protectionism, central banking, internal revenue bureaucracy, military conscription, huge standing army, corporate welfare, and foreign policy meddling.”

Northern Opposition to Mr. Lincoln’s War: essays by several authors, published by the Abbeville Institute Press (2014). Nine history scholars describe how Northern State newspaper editors, legislators and citizens opposed the war and how Lincoln and his supporters violated the U. S. Constitution and used threats, military action and jail to suppress criticism of his plans for war against Southern independence.

Jim Wise- Journalist and historian Jim Wise wrote On Sherman’s Trail: The Civil War’s North Carolina Climax (2008). Intended as a travel guide for those who want to follow the destructive path of Union General Sherman across the State during March 1865 it gives many personal accounts of the privations of North Carolina citizens (whites and Negroes) as their homes were burned, crops and livestock destroyed and personal property stolen by the “bummers” in the Union army. The brave Confederate soldiers continued to fight the invading enemy forces despite lacking supplies and being outnumbered. Wise concludes his Preface with, “Sherman left North Carolina a changed State.”

Not as bad as his revengeful destruction in South Carolina, but Sherman’s war waged on civilians and the misery he caused to landowners and Negroes alike in North Carolina is unconscionable and will forever live with infamy in the minds of descendents of the families that suffered his war crimes. Nor should they forget the bravery of their men courageously defending families and property against the enemy.

A month after the atrocities committed by Sherman in Smithfield eighteen-year-old Janie Smith wrote to a friend:

We would have been better prepared for the thieves but had to spend the day before our troops left in a ravine as the battle was fought so near our house…The family was ordered from home, stayed in the trenches all day when late in the evening they came to us, wet, muddy and hungry. Their house was penetrated by a great many shells and balls, but was not burned and the Yankees used it for a hospital, they spared it, but everything was taken and the furniture destroyed. The girls did not have a change of clothing…That night we fell back to the crossroads…there our men became desperate and at day-light on the sixteenth the firing was terrific. The infirmary was here and oh it makes me shudder when I think of the awful sights I witnessed that morning. Ambulance after ambulance drove up with our wounded.

Kirkpatrick Sales- A Vermont “devolutionist” Mr. Sales now lives in South Carolina. He wrote Emancipation Hell: The Tragedy Wrought by Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (2015).

Many Northerners denounced the proclamation. Even one of Lincoln’s aides said, “How many editors and how many penmen within these past few days rose in anger to remind Lincoln that this is a war for the Union only, and they never gave him any authority to run it as an Abolition war. They never, never told him that he might set the Negroes free, and, now that he has done so, or futilely pretended to do so, he is a more unconstitutional tyrant and a more odious dictator than ever he was before.”

After the war Negro leader Frederick Douglas realized that this act did nothing to improve the lives of the former slaves. “I denounce the so-called Emancipation…I think that the Negro…has made little progress from barbarism to civilization, and that he is in a deplorable condition since his emancipation. That he is worse off in many respects, than when he was a slave, I am compelled to admit….”

“Perhaps never in history, Kirkpatrick Sales demonstrates, has a benevolent act been so tainted with impure motives and distain for consequences. Abraham Lincoln has a lot to answer for, says the author. His flawed proclamation doomed Americans to a century and a half of racial conflict and disparity that is still with us.”


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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