Confederate flag wavers and the "Yankee go home" folks are at it again.
Do they really yearn for the way things were in 1860 in the South? - when half of the people were enslaved and almost half of white families owned slaves; where a male slave could only stand by helplessly as his master raped his mate or daughter; where slaves were whipped, maimed and even killed with legal impunity; where slave families were routinely and coldly split up at slave markets; and where many of the whites must have been brutalized by serving as wardens and guards in the vast prison that was the South?
I urge the flag wavers and schools to study what Southern society was really like in antebellum days. A good place to begin is Walter Edgar's book, South Carolina - a History. It's in the Aiken library.
A personal note: I was born in Missouri, a former slave state. My paternal grandfather enlisted in the Confederate army in Louisiana in 1861 and was injured at Stones River.
Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.
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