Download the free PDF version of this long essay here: Was-Southern-Secession-About-Tariffs? It is among the most enduring myths of the American Civil War. Many pro-southern apologists continue to exonerate the South by saying the War was never about slavery but about tariffs. Not only does this position remain popular for particular audiences and purposes, it […]
In virtually any discussion of the Civil War, southern apologists quickly make the case that the War was indeed not about slavery, but about other factors. Among the first pieces of evidence exhibited in this case is the statement like this: “Only about 4 percent of the population actually owned slaves.” So, it is implied, […]
A guest post by Jordan Wilson: “Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away; the people continued to sacrifice and make offerings on the high places” (2 Kings 12:3). “How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log […]
There is no shortage of hypocrisy in the setting up and taking down of monuments—certainly not in the U.S. South, but also not in the North or anywhere else. When we get the chance to topple a large block of that dissembling, we ought to embrace doing so; we can remember the limited good embodied […]
This is my second lecture given at this year’s Providential History Festival in Omaha. Much of this information will also feature in a book on American slavery and racism coming out next year.