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RE: What disgusts me is finessing the fact that indeed slavery hung in the balance in this war.

BTW, it wasn't the Southerners who captured the Africans. It was those that sold to slave traders, or the traders themselves.They then sold to the farmers (ie slaveholders). It would hardly have been in the best interest of slave owners to murder their slaves...perhaps you never took a basic economics course. Many slave traders were black, and, interestingly one of the early large slave traders in America was black.

Another fact for you to help expand your knowledge...hundreds of thousands of Irish were enslaved by the Brits to farm the Carribean Islands. You don't see the Irish burning effigies of the Queen or seeking reparations.

I definitely am an admirer of Lee. He did not think slavery was right. Don't know too much about Jefferson Davis. Lee was not a proponent of slavery, and in fact thought it was wrong. He fought for the Confederacy because of states' rights.

BTW...are you a college professor?

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