Checking In With Our Friendly Confederate Reenactor

Here is Claude Tuberville of Mobile, Alabama on his preferred version of the Civil War:

The history being presented in text books is somewhat different than the version the re-enactors relate, Turberville said. He is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), an organization that studies the war. Members must have an ancestor who served in the Confederate Army. “First,” he said, “many people believe the Civil War was fought over slavery. It was not. It was initially about states’ rights and taxes. The South was being taxed to support the northern states.” “Black soldiers fought alongside white soldiers in the Confederate Army,” he said. “In the North, the black soldiers were segregated, and they continued to be segregated until the middle of the 20th century.”

Thanks Claude for sending a chill down my spine and for reminding me why I teach and research.

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