Thank you for alerting me to that document! I’ve listened to people on NPR and all the cable news outlets trying to “whitewash” the motivation behind the Civil War and to defend those statues. And no one could ever had a strong enough “come back.” I could feel their outrage, but they couldn’t back it up with fact. This is what I’ve been looking for. I will refer to it, and have sent the link to your piece and to that document to friends so that they, too, will be able to speak up more forcefully.

Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.

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