"Sequestering" Resources-- the South and the North

Gary gary at wwpublish.com
Tue Jul 15 18:04:41 MDT 2003

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Les Schaffer wrote:
> Mark Lause wrote:
>>Even with military control of rigged elections, voters in parts of
>>the South remained three-to-one and four-to-one opposed to
> Mark:
> you -- or someone like you -- need to write a history text for high
> school use. i will publish it on the web if you like, after i read it
> myself.
> let me use myself as an example of the normal history-educated person
> in the US. i am being (almost) perfectly serious here:
> from my recollection, what we were taught is, the South had and used
> slaves, and the North did not. the slaves were brought over in boats
> from Africa. i do not know who built the boats, or who even cooked up
> such a twisted scheme, i sure never heard of such a thing before. the
> South flew a different flag than the North, but i don't know who
> invented that flag or who sewed it, though i do know who invented the
> North's flag, Betsy Ross, or maybe she just designed it???  the slaves
> were very poorly mistreated. Some bearded guy finally felt bad about
> that. he debated some guy named Douglas, though the exchange wasn't
> published on the web. i forget what they talked about, but the bearded
> guy was VERY ELOQUENT. i think that's maybe the first time i heard the
> word "eloquent" used in a sentence. then some other guy named John
> Brown hit a fort (or maybe it was a village, or maybe a ship???)  in a
> courageous outburst, and the conflict came to a head. lots of people
> died, it was very sad, brother against brother. the bearded guy gave
> an address -- though now that i think about it, if what he said in the
> address is true, how did we get in such a heap of trouble in the first
> place??? -- at some big field in Pennsylvania when the sad times were
> almost over. then it was over. there was some people named
> carpetbaggers, they came from the south. they did something bad, but i
> cant remember what -- but i vaguely recall they took advantage of
> something.  then there was a reconstruction, and we all weren't as
> sad. then blacks moved North and they felt better too. some guy
> invented a machine to pick cotton. i think that was after the sad
> times. he was really a clever guy, he saved us all a LOT of hard
> work. now we're all even more less sad.
> this is basically what i remember from high school history class on
> the Civil War.
> nuff said?
> i have compared notes with my father, and we agree SOMETHING happened
> to the teaching of history at the pre-college level sometime between
> 1945 and 1968.
> postscript: ok, i cheated and on a hunch checked the web. cotton gin
> was invented before civil war. so how come the south needed slaves to
> pick cotton?
>   http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part3/3i3126.html
>   http://www.eliwhitney.org/ew.htm
>   http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blcotton_gin.htm
>   http://www.whitneygen.org/archives/biography/eli.html
> i am reasonably sure we were never taught that the cotton gin aided in
> growth of slavery, all i remember is being told picking cotton was
> hard and whitney "made things easier".
> les schaffer

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