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Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:51 PM

11. Excellent summary. Bookmarked for reference. I attended a rural elementary school in Virginia

the year that commemorated the100th anniversary of the first battle of the Civil War at Bull Run (Manassas), located only a few miles from the site of that battle. In my 4th grade Virginia History class I was brainwashed to believe all of the points enumerated in the posted Lost Cause article. While I hated slavery, I was taught to believe the war was based on economic factors, not slavery. I viewed Robert E. Lee as a great hero and someone to admire. I thought the Confederate battle flag was cool. I admired the equestrian statues of Lee and Jackson here in Charlottesville, where I now live.

I now understand how misled I was, and am actively involved in trying to revise the distorted version of history that led to the erection of such statues, and the attempt by the south to perpetuate stereotypes of African Americans and to keep that community in in subjection and suppression.

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