A Confederacy of Dunces

Who won the American Civil War? It seems like a very clear-cut question. The Union won, slavery was ended, and the nation remained intact. But who actually won the Civil War? By the end of Reconstruction, the black population of the south weren’t slaves, it’s true, but they were slaves in all but name. They had no civil rights, they earned subsistence wages, they were routinely oppressed and sometimes lynched. A very real argument can be made that while on paper the Confederacy lost the war, they did not, in fact, lose it, and in the process they and their descendants made themselves out to to be something other than a movement entirely dedicated to slavery and its preservation. History may be written by the winners, but in the case of the Confederacy, they’ve sure done a great job of editing the final draft.

That’s the overall thrust of an article I read this morning, that also makes some very valid comparisons between the Confederacy, various Confederate-style movements, and the Tea Party. I strongly suggest you all go read it. The comparisons made between the way many liberals acted after the 2000 election and the way many conservatives acted after the 2008 and 2012 elections are quite striking. Can you honestly look at the Tea Party people and tell me we wouldn’t have had an armed insurrection crop up if Obama’s win had only come via the Supreme Court?


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