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I remember cannons, and a display of guns. But as for any connections to the very history I was regularly baptized in, there is nothing. We knew, of course, about Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. But our general sense of the war was that a horrible tragedy somehow had the magical effect of getting us free. Its legacy belonged not to us, but to those who reveled in the costume and technology of a time when we were property.
Our alienation was neither achieved in independence, nor stumbled upon by accident, but produced by American design. In the popular mind, that demonstrable truth has been evaded in favor of a more comforting story of tragedy, failed compromise, and individual gallantry. For that more ennobling narrative, as for so much of American history, the fact of black people is a problem. In April , the United States was faced with a discomfiting reality: it had seen 2 percent of its population destroyed because a section of its citizenry would countenance anything to protect, and expand, the right to own other people.
The mass bloodletting shocked the senses. Five years later, , Americans were dead.
Honor is salvageable from a military defeat; much less so from an ideological defeat, and especially one so duly earned in defense of slavery in a country premised on liberty. But after the war, each man changed his interpretation. Stephens asserted,. Historical lies aside, the Lost Cause presented to the North an attractive compromise.
Randall minimized the role of slavery in the war; some blamed the violence on irreconcilable economic differences between a romantic pastoral South and a capitalistic manufacturing North, or on the hot rhetoric of radical abolitionists. With a firm foothold in the public memory and in the academic history, the comfortable narrative found its most influential expression in the popular media. Films like Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind revealed an establishment more interested in the alleged sins perpetrated upon Confederates than in the all-too-real sins perpetrated upon the enslaved people in their midst.
That predilection continues. The comfortable narrative haunts even the best mainstream presentations of the Civil War.
I will never forget her cries. Five uniformed men appeared, waving guns and yelling wildly. For a month I. King, Wilma. When Christmas finally comes, they also perform songs, play games, give patriotic speeches, and serve ice cream. Just once, tears slide down her cheeks, but she appears not to notice them. Child soldiers are often forced to shoot assault rifles and rocket launchers.
Lee was personally against slavery. We are invited to listen, but never to truly join the narrative, for to speak as the slave would, to say that we are as happy for the Civil War as most Americans are for the Revolutionary War, is to rupture the narrative. Having been tendered such a conditional invitation, we have elected—as most sane people would—to decline.
In my study of African American history, the Civil War was always something of a sideshow. Just off center stage, it could be heard dimly behind the stories of Booker T.