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Re: “Clancy DuBos: Now what for the Confederate monuments?

The monuments are there to honor men, deemed American Veterans by Congress, that fought a tyrannical government. The Civil War in a nutshell.

As a snapshot of NO at that time, U.S. census records of 1860 showed that 28% of FPC owned slaves, and 4.7% of whites did, per Dr John H Franklin of Duke University the preeminent African American Historian. Fewer percentages across the south. The main conflict was over opressive taxation 70+ % of all taxes by Washington were collected from the south with little reinvested back to the southern states. All southern citizens were affected by this unfair burden with little return. There was no willingness to negotiate with the south by the goverment on the matter and this began the struggle. Slavery was a separate issue but an issue. The south had an agrarian structure and asked for the same reimbursement to free the slaves that was given to slave holders in the north by the government, to enable to restructure a change over. The North said no. Prior to the war, the Confederate delegations that were sent to Washington to try to negotiate conditions and terms were always rebuffed. It was their way or else. Well they came down and gave us the "or else". This was at a time when historians explain that the states were not yet operating as a cohesive union as such and states rights were the major concern by custom at that time. The north invaded the south and they defended themselves. According to the Constitution, the states have a right to succeed. All this information is verifiable and I encourage all to do so. There is so much more specific and interesting information. Also "other interests" President Lincoln had at that time required the large sums of cash the government was collecting from the south. Bottom line is the goverment (and bankers) didn't want to give the cash cow up. Slash and Burn General Sherman, that laid waste to large swaths of the south, was sent by Lincoln 3 months after the war to destroy entire Indian tribes that had only 10 years earlier negotiated with the government for the ownership of their tribal lands. Now his RR pals wouldn't have to pay for their land for rail lines.

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Posted by Noladee on 02/03/2016 at 9:30 PM

Re: “I-10: Ten things to know in New Orleans this week: November 24, 2015

Shame on you Gambit for fomenting divisiveness and encouraging others in misplaced anger to deface public property. Will you help pay for the cleaning of monuments these uncivilized people defaced since you encouraged participation in this march for hate and ignorance? You obviously don't know that at the time of the Civil War less than 5% of New Orleanians owned slaves yet New Orleans had the highest number of Free people of Color and they owned slaves at a rate of 28%. This is according to US Census Records in 1860 and studied by the country's leading African American historian, Duke University professor John Hope Franklin. So statistics show that blacks owned slaves at a much higher percentage than whites. But don't let facts stand in the way of your agenda. New Orleans society was much more complicated and nuanced than you know.

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Posted by Noladee on 11/29/2015 at 6:43 PM

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