A Plea for Calmness
Please slow down and do not make any hasty decisions regarding the Confederate monuments in this hate filled, politically charged environment. Most people who want them to go have not realized the negative impact this is having on historical context as well as our honest regard for many of our ancestors who gave their lives.
There are so many good people who want the monuments to stay who are afraid to speak up because they will be labeled a racist. They also hate the Neo-Nazis, Klan, and white supremacists that do not represent them. Even the Sons of Confederate Veterans have passed resolutions for decades condemning racists by name.
It seems the revenge of reconstruction after the war is happening all over again. How much more can the South be punished? How much salt has to be ground in the wounds? And how many more Southern tears have to be shed before there is peace? These monuments represent the blood shed by millions of Southern families in that terrible war. Tearing down the monuments will not bring peace; it will only create more sorrow and animosities.
Stop using the Confederacy as a scapegoat for the national sin of slavery. The North carries an equal amount of blame. The first US Census in 1790 shows that there were slaves in every state. Later census shows slavery slowly decreasing in Northern states. However, most Northerners did not just free their slaves; they sold them in states that still allowed slavery. This also included Delaware, Maryland and Kentucky. There is blame enough for all.
This is America, which I and millions of others have sworn to defend. This nation is great because of diversity and the willingness of our people to accept the differences in each of our cultural and ethnic differences. We allow everyone to honor their family’s culture from festivals to memorials without any harassment, except, when it comes to honoring men who served in the Confederate armed forces. This is nothing less than discrimination. Honoring our Confederate family is in no way hatred or racism toward anyone. The Confederate forces were made up of people of all races. Those of us who want to honor our Confederate relatives cannot do so without paying homage to all races. Tearing down the monuments will only bring grief and bitterness.
Please do not rip out my soul by removing any more monuments. Stop the hatred and let’s live in peace. I deplore racism. I would like to start peaceful and respectful dialogue between all races where we can discuss our differences and embrace everyone’s love of family. Henry Kidd Historical Artist, Author, Lecturer, Historian & great-grandson of Confederate Veterans
Rediscovering America: A Quiz on Women’s Equality Day
Women’s Equality Day, observed annually on August 26, commemorates the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Specifically, the amendment states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
The quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, provides an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of the women’s suffrage movement and the 19th Amendment.
1. Which was the first state to grant women’s suffrage? A. New York B. Wyoming C. Wisconsin D. California
2. Before becoming involved in the women’s movement, many female suffragists previously were: A. Presbyterians B. Abolitionists C. Democrats D. Shakers
3. Which state did not grant women the right to vote before the 19th Amendment was ratified? A. Oregon B. Arizona C. Illinois D. Ohio
4. Which country was the first to give women the same voting rights as men? A. New Zealand B. France C. Norway D. Sweden
5. In 1848, suffragists gathered at the Seneca Falls Convention in New York and produced this document, modeled after the Declaration of Independence: A. Declaration of Grievances B. Declaration of Abuses & Usurpations C. Declaration of Equality D. Declaration of Sentiments
6. Which prominent reformer did not believe women should have the right to vote? A. Frederick Douglass B. Catharine Beecher C. Jane Addams D. Margaret Sanger
7. By a one-vote margin, Tennessee became the 36th and final state to ratify the 19th Amendment. Twenty-four-year-old Harry Burn, an anti-suffrage legislator, changed his vote at the last minute after he received a note from: A. His girlfriend B. A war veteran C. His mother D. His sister
8. This woman founded the National Woman’s Party and organized “Silent Sentinels,” round-the-clock protests outside the White House, calling for President Woodrow Wilson to support women’s suffrage: A. Elizabeth Cady Stanton B. Carrie Chapman Catt C. Susan B. Anthony D. Alice Paul
9. After the 19th Amendment was ratified, some suffragists focused on this effort that wouldn’t pass until 1972: A. Title IX B. Equal Rights Amendment C. Birth control for all women D. Equal Pay Act
10. After the Civil War, the suffrage movement split due to disagreements concerning the: A. Temperance Movement B. Property rights C. 15th Amendment D. Role of women in the church ANSWERS: 1-B, 2-B, 3-D, 4-A, 5-D, 6-B, 7-C, 8-D, 9-B, 10-C Emily Hess Ashbrook Center Ashland University Ashland, Ohio