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By Ray Jenkins and By Ray Jenkins,Special to the Sun | November 12, 2000
Myths die hard, because credulous men desperately need mythology to make sense of events that reason cannot explain.And nowhere does romantic mythology remain more obstinately embedded than in the Old Confederacy, where, as the late C. Vann Woodward used to impishly say, "a dedicated priesthood jealously guards its special brand of Shintoism -- the worship of ancestors." Is it any wonder that in such a pervasive reverential atmosphere, battles still rage across the South over and under the Confederate flag?
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April 11, 2011
In response to Leonard Pitts, Jr.'s column ("What was Civil War about? Listen to the voices of the Confederacy," April 10), it should be noted that political motivation and post hoc justifications are often fluid, and evil, sadly, is often relative. President Lincoln famously said he didn't care about freeing the slaves, but only about saving the Union. Despite this, Mr. Lincoln well knew that the one could not be accomplished without the other. While some of the Union side harangued about the evils of slavery, they were blind to the North's complicity, exploiting slave-grown cotton for mills with dangerous machinery often operated by children, typically white European immigrants, as young as 8 laboring for 16-hours-a-day, often 7 days a week.
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NEWS
April 11, 2011
In response to Leonard Pitts, Jr.'s column ("What was Civil War about? Listen to the voices of the Confederacy," April 10), it should be noted that political motivation and post hoc justifications are often fluid, and evil, sadly, is often relative. President Lincoln famously said he didn't care about freeing the slaves, but only about saving the Union. Despite this, Mr. Lincoln well knew that the one could not be accomplished without the other. While some of the Union side harangued about the evils of slavery, they were blind to the North's complicity, exploiting slave-grown cotton for mills with dangerous machinery often operated by children, typically white European immigrants, as young as 8 laboring for 16-hours-a-day, often 7 days a week.
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By Curtis Wilkie and Curtis Wilkie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 15, 2002
Sen. Trent Lott's apologies for endorsing the Dixiecrat movement of 1948 is not the first time the Republican leader has had to back away from remarks that demonstrate his affinity for the Lost Cause of the Confederacy and its segregationist heritage. In 1981, when Lott was a ranking conservative congressman from Mississippi, he managed to embarrass President Ronald Reagan by encouraging the administration to reverse a government policy that denied tax-exempt status to private schools practicing racial discrimination.
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By Curtis Wilkie and Curtis Wilkie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 15, 2002
Sen. Trent Lott's apologies for endorsing the Dixiecrat movement of 1948 is not the first time the Republican leader has had to back away from remarks that demonstrate his affinity for the Lost Cause of the Confederacy and its segregationist heritage. In 1981, when Lott was a ranking conservative congressman from Mississippi, he managed to embarrass President Ronald Reagan by encouraging the administration to reverse a government policy that denied tax-exempt status to private schools practicing racial discrimination.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 29, 1995
Top-ranked Southern of Baltimore survived the slowdown tactics of defending Delaware State champion St. Mark's to post a 32-22 victory in a first-round game of the Power Series at the Slam Dunk To The Beach Tournament in Lewes, Del.Kofi Pointer scored 11 to lead the Bulldogs, who advance to the championship game tomorrow against Pleasantville (N.J.), which defeated No. 2 St. Frances Wednesday, spoiling a matchup of the Baltimore area's two top teams in the championship."We showed some poise and didn't get rattled by their slowdown," said Southern coach Meredith Smith.
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By SCOTT MCCAFFREY and SCOTT MCCAFFREY,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | April 21, 1996
ELLENTON, Fla. -- Being foreign-born and married to a French Catholic wife woman could be enough to get a Southerner ostracized from polite society in the years before the Civil War. Being a Jew seemingly would be a kiss of death in politics or business.Yet Judah Benjamin survived and thrived, arguably becoming an the second most important political figure of the Confederacy. during the waning days of the war.After the Union victory, while others like Jefferson Davis were captured and jailed, Benjamin escaped to the Caribbean and then to England, where he made carved out a second illustrious career for himself.
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By Vincent T. Fitzpatrick | May 17, 1992
JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON: A CIVIL WAR BIOGRAPHY.Craig L. Symonds.Norton.450 pages. $29.95. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston was likened to Julius Caesar and hailed, in 1862, as "the only man who can save the Confederacy." But, two years later, having retreated before General Sherman's onslaught in Georgia, Johnston was ignominiously relieved of command of the Army of Tennessee.His critics had quipped that he would stop retreating only when he reached the Gulf of Mexico. Johnston was, in brief, one of the most enigmatic and controversial commanders on either side during the Civil War.He had impeccable credentials.
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By Neil A. Grauer | December 22, 1990
WITH A SERENDIPITY rarely seen in the book business, a small Baltimore publishing house has come out with a centennial reissue of the memoirs of Mrs. Jefferson Davis, the First Lady of the Confederacy, just as renewed interest in the Civil War is peaking.This fortuitous republication is due in part to the local descendants of a Jewish businessman whom Varina Davis revered as one of her benefactors when the Confederacy was collapsing, and whose grandson-in-law later founded the fortune that led to the Baltimore Museum of Art's incomparable Cone Collection of Matisses, Picassos and other treasures.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 30, 2001
After the death of former president of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis from a bronchial ailment in New Orleans in 1889, one of Baltimore's best-known black citizens found himself a legatee of the late Confederate leader's estate. Frederick B. McGinnis, born into slavery in Charleston, S.C., had been a servant to Davis during his incarceration at Fortress Monroe, Va., after the end of the Civil War. He served Davis for nearly two years during his confinement in a damp casement at the fort, and briefly stayed with his family after Davis' release before moving to Baltimore to work in a similar capacity for B&O Railroad grandee John Work Garrett.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 30, 2001
After the death of former president of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis from a bronchial ailment in New Orleans in 1889, one of Baltimore's best-known black citizens found himself a legatee of the late Confederate leader's estate. Frederick B. McGinnis, born into slavery in Charleston, S.C., had been a servant to Davis during his incarceration at Fortress Monroe, Va., after the end of the Civil War. He served Davis for nearly two years during his confinement in a damp casement at the fort, and briefly stayed with his family after Davis' release before moving to Baltimore to work in a similar capacity for B&O Railroad grandee John Work Garrett.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ray Jenkins and By Ray Jenkins,Special to the Sun | November 12, 2000
Myths die hard, because credulous men desperately need mythology to make sense of events that reason cannot explain.And nowhere does romantic mythology remain more obstinately embedded than in the Old Confederacy, where, as the late C. Vann Woodward used to impishly say, "a dedicated priesthood jealously guards its special brand of Shintoism -- the worship of ancestors." Is it any wonder that in such a pervasive reverential atmosphere, battles still rage across the South over and under the Confederate flag?
FEATURES
By SCOTT MCCAFFREY and SCOTT MCCAFFREY,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | April 21, 1996
ELLENTON, Fla. -- Being foreign-born and married to a French Catholic wife woman could be enough to get a Southerner ostracized from polite society in the years before the Civil War. Being a Jew seemingly would be a kiss of death in politics or business.Yet Judah Benjamin survived and thrived, arguably becoming an the second most important political figure of the Confederacy. during the waning days of the war.After the Union victory, while others like Jefferson Davis were captured and jailed, Benjamin escaped to the Caribbean and then to England, where he made carved out a second illustrious career for himself.
SPORTS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 29, 1995
Top-ranked Southern of Baltimore survived the slowdown tactics of defending Delaware State champion St. Mark's to post a 32-22 victory in a first-round game of the Power Series at the Slam Dunk To The Beach Tournament in Lewes, Del.Kofi Pointer scored 11 to lead the Bulldogs, who advance to the championship game tomorrow against Pleasantville (N.J.), which defeated No. 2 St. Frances Wednesday, spoiling a matchup of the Baltimore area's two top teams in the championship."We showed some poise and didn't get rattled by their slowdown," said Southern coach Meredith Smith.
NEWS
By Vincent T. Fitzpatrick | May 17, 1992
JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON: A CIVIL WAR BIOGRAPHY.Craig L. Symonds.Norton.450 pages. $29.95. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston was likened to Julius Caesar and hailed, in 1862, as "the only man who can save the Confederacy." But, two years later, having retreated before General Sherman's onslaught in Georgia, Johnston was ignominiously relieved of command of the Army of Tennessee.His critics had quipped that he would stop retreating only when he reached the Gulf of Mexico. Johnston was, in brief, one of the most enigmatic and controversial commanders on either side during the Civil War.He had impeccable credentials.
NEWS
By Neil A. Grauer | December 22, 1990
WITH A SERENDIPITY rarely seen in the book business, a small Baltimore publishing house has come out with a centennial reissue of the memoirs of Mrs. Jefferson Davis, the First Lady of the Confederacy, just as renewed interest in the Civil War is peaking.This fortuitous republication is due in part to the local descendants of a Jewish businessman whom Varina Davis revered as one of her benefactors when the Confederacy was collapsing, and whose grandson-in-law later founded the fortune that led to the Baltimore Museum of Art's incomparable Cone Collection of Matisses, Picassos and other treasures.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | November 27, 2001
"Generally, Chief Executives in wartime are not very sympathetic to the protection of civil liberties ... "- Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, 1999 Early in the Civil War, at about 2 in the morning on May 25, 1861, armed Union troops rousted a Southern sympathizer named John Merryman out of bed at his home in Cockeysville and hauled him off to jail at Fort McHenry, on the tip of the Locust Point peninsula in Baltimore. He was among the first of more than 2,000 political prisoners mostly from Baltimore and Maryland held at Fort McHenry by the U.S. Army without being charged, put on trial or allowed the writ of habeas corpus, the ancient right of a prisoner to be brought before a judge to ascertain the legality of his detention.
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By Frank James and Frank James,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 13, 2003
RICHMOND, Va. -- Forget everything you learned about President Abraham Lincoln. He was really a blood-thirsty despot guilty of killing innocent civilians and destroying the South. At least that's what a few vocal Southerners say. And that's why -- 138 years after the end of the Civil War -- they are feverishly opposed to a bronze statue of Lincoln and his son, Tad, being placed at a national park in Richmond this spring, a stance that brings to mind novelist William Faulkner's maxim: "The past is never dead.
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