[Marxism] Scottish Klansmen, formerly against the Confederacy
dwalters at marxists.org
Wed Oct 12 12:43:13 MDT 2005
Nestor, thanks for this.
I would suggest that people interested in this topic write David
Montgomery, Editor emeritus of Labor History magazine at Yale. I took
a course from him at the University of Pittsburgh in 1978 and part of
it dealt with this topic.
Montgomery maintained, and documented, some interesting aspects of
pro-North sentiment in the Confederacy. Every state in the CSA had
*whole counties* that were demonstratively "pro-Union". This included
flying the Stars and Stripes to formation of either all-white or
integrated guerilla outfits, usually serving as military intelligence
outfits for Union army activity.
That many/some/most of these folks may of ended up in strong
opposition to the goals of Reconstruction and/or the White Leagues
(Louisiana) or the Klan (everywhere else) is *totally consistent*
with their outlooks: opposition to slavery often (but not always)
stemmed from *racism*: not wanting black slaves in their counties
(let along freed blacks) because they wanted "all-white" counties to
live in. It is not unlike many, many northern Abolutionists who were
motivated by strong racist views.
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