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Racial Bias in Civil War History
This paper looks at the racial bias present in American Civil War history.
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In this article, the writer discusses that American history has been written in the spirit of white patronage. The writer maintains that certain facts about this country's history have been conveniently forgotten in order to emphasize the glory and righteousness of the white man and the helplessness and in-consequence of the black man. While this may be an unconsciously made decision, it is a decision that has been made nonetheless. The writer points out that in no single event is this idea of white dominance more clear than in the popular mythology surrounding the Civil War. The writer notes that there is no mention in this country's popular history of the North's profit off of slavery during the 1860s, or the region's ambivalence toward newly freed slaves. Further, the writer points out that there is certainly little or no mention of the thousands of black men who served in the Union army, or of the poor treatment that they received at the hands of white officers. The writer concludes that by whitewashing history, by denying blacks their proper place in history, the textbooks and teachers of this and previous eras are teaching the in-consequence of those blacks in their own history.

From the Paper:

"A huge and enduring misconception of the Civil War period is that the evil slave traders stayed in the South while the North sounded the call of freedom. It was in fact the northern colonies that would introduce African slaves to the colonies, and it was also the northern colonies that would continue to supply the South with slaves until the Civil War. Until well past the Revolutionary War, up to 10% of New England's population was made up of slaves. After it was decided by most northern colonies to abolish the practice, they did so in a gradual fashion, freeing the children that would be born to their slaves, but not the parents of those children. Long after this process of gradual liberation was completed, the North still reaped large profits from the slave trade, in the form of their ships. Up until the Civil War ended, 35,000 trips were made to bring slaves to the Americas, and although Northern complicity often existed only so far as stock ownership was concerned, it still existed. It was only after the Civil War was finished that the North decided to forget it's unfortunate history, and it is this collective amnesia that has been passed down to this day."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Broadwater, R.P. (2004, March). The black and mixed-race troops of the Louisiana Native Guards offered to serve both South and North. America's Civil War, 17(1), p. 18-22.
  • Kashatus, W.C. (2000, October). A Gallant Rush for Glory. American History, 34 (4), p. 22-29.
  • Keels, C.L. (2006, Feburary 23). Celebration or Placebo? Issues in Higher Education, 23 (1), p. 23-31.
  • Lowen, J.W. (1996). Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. New York. Touchstone.
  • Zinn, Howard. (2003). A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present. New York. HarperCollins.

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