Monthly Archive: July 2015

Jul 04 2015

Human Rights and Revolutions

Revolutions involve a rejection of government and usually, some form of overthrowing an existing government and establishing a new one. Most revolutions are fueled by the idea that an existing governing force has exceeded appropriate limits to it’s power and has encroached upon human rights. A factor that was mostly unique to the American Revolution …

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Jul 03 2015

Lincoln, Racism, Confederate Symbols

There has been much recent discussion about banning symbols that are connected to slavery and racism through the Confederate States of America. There is no discussion of applying the same standards to other symbols and groups and people. In the fourth Lincoln-Douglas debate in Charleston, IL, on September 18, 1858, Abraham Lincoln said, “I will …

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Jul 03 2015

The Corwin Amendment – 1861

We have been told that the US Civil War was fought over slavery. We have been told that President Abraham Lincoln provided the moral strength necessary to preserve the Union and abolish slavery. There are other viewpoints that the South fought for economic reasons and for the right to leave a group of states that …

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Jul 03 2015

Prelude to US Civil War – Timeline

Here are some key events from the timeline of the US Civil War: 1857 – US Supreme Court decision in “Dred Scott v. Sanford” excluded blacks from citizenship and permitted slavery in all new territories, declaring the 1820 Missouri Compromise as unconstitutional 1858 – Lincoln – Douglas debates 1859 – Oct 16 – John Brown …

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