Richard Williams believes that I run a pro-Union blog, which I assume stands in contrast with a pro-Confederate blog. It’s kind of funny to be labeled in a way that suggests that I am somehow still fighting the war. On the other hand, I do not claim objectivity when it comes to this history. Who could possibly do so given the issues involved and the scale of violence and destruction wrought. No, I do not believe that the Union was wholly good and the Confederacy evil – that would be to apply an overly simplistic moral formula to a very complex subject.
So, if you have any doubt as to where I stand let me lay it out for you on a fourth-grade level:
- I do not believe that secession was justified given the reasons presented. [I am speaking specifically of the lower South states.]
- I also do not believe that secession was constitutional.
- Abraham Lincoln was justified in using military force to suppress the rebellion of the southern states.
- Lincoln and Congress were justified in going against slavery as a means to save the Union.
- The abolition of slavery was a good thing for the entire nation.
- The preservation of the Union was a good thing for the entire nation. [The right side won the war.]
- The outcome of the war placed this country on track to becoming the leader of the free world.
I was born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey. I was not raised on a pro-Confederate or pro-Union interpretation of the war; in fact, I don’t remember learning anything about the Civil War until I was well into my 20s. If what I listed above makes me pro-Union than so be it. It seems to me to be a pretty mainstream/uncontroversial view.
Rather than a pro-Union blog I prefer to see it as a pro-America blog. Enjoy the increased traffic today, Richard.