Letter to the Editor: Rewriting history

Regarding Frank Calio’s commentary “History, good or bad, should be preserved,” (Aug. 12) Mr. Calio seems to be confused about a number of things.

The only way the war would have “… gone the other way…” was if George McClellan had won the presidency in the 1864 election. He ran on a platform of stopping the war. If that had happened there would be either two separate countries in America, one slave and one free, or the Confederacy would have come back into the union as slave states and the problems, injustice and horrors of human chattel slavery would have continued possibly until fighting started again.

Mr. Calio says he understands “…why the South stood against the North” but he may not agree with their reasoning. Their reasoning was that they wanted to perpetuate human chattel slavery, extend it into all of the states to the west and down into Mexico. If you read the history of the Mexican war, Jefferson Davis talked about conquering Mexico and making it part of the U.S. and making it all slave states.

That’s why they stood against the North. The “states’ rights” that so many Confederate apologists talk about was the right to hold and keep human beings as chattel to be bought, raped in many cases and sold like cattle. I would suggest he read the transcripts from the secession conventions held by the southern states if he doesn’t believe me.

After World War II, Germany, rightfully, made the wearing and flying of the Nazi flag against the law. The U.S. made a mistake by not doing the same thing. The majority of the Confederate monuments that Mr. Calio refers to seeing in the South were erected during the Jim Crow era and during the heart of the civil rights movement. There was a reason for that. If these monuments are removed, perhaps children can learn their history by reading first-person accounts, going to libraries and doing some research. That’s how people learn, not by looking at statues.

At least Mr. Calio does acknowledge that the flying of the Confederate battle flag would offend some of the descendants of those held in chattel slavery.

I am a staunch supporter of the First Amendment. The Georgetown Historical Society has the right to fly the Confederate battle flag, as does anyone else, on their own property. No matter who fought for which side during the Civil War, the state of Delaware does not have to support this symbol of slavery

Steve Caporiccio

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