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April 11, 2011
I disagree with Mr. Pitts that the cause of the Civil War was all about slavery. I challenge Mr. Pitts to answer the following questions: 1. If the war was about slavery, why was West Virginia admitted to the Union in 1863 (during the War) as a slave state? 2. Why didn't slavery end when the war was over? At the conclusion of the war, slavery only ended in the 11 states that had rebelled. The other slave states, such as Maryland and Delaware, did not become free until the passing of the 13th Amendment, eight months later.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 10, 2011
"It is not safe ... to trust $800 million worth of Negroes in the hands of a power which says that we do not own the property. ... So we must get out ... " — The Daily Constitutionalist, Augusta, Ga., Dec. 1, 1860 "[Northerners] have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery. ... We, therefore, the people of South Carolina ... have solemnly declared that the Union heretofore existing between this State and other States of North America dissolved. " — from "Declaration of the Causes of Secession" "As long as slavery is looked upon by the North with abhorrence ... there can be no satisfactory political union between the two sections.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2011
Maia Woods had long wondered about the strange-looking house on Rolling Road in Rockdale, the one that sits off Liberty Road, boarded up and neglected. On Saturday, she found out about its years as a station on the Underground Railroad, how it's been moved twice in its 200-plus-year history by family members well aware of its historical importance, and how it was bought by a couple 30 years ago determined to see it preserved — even though it's been so contaminated by pesticides that no one will ever be able to live in it again.
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July 9, 2010
I am appalled with the Baltimore Sun paper for their obvious support for Republican views and policies. I thought the newspaper was supposed to write the facts without partiality and let readers form their own opinions. With regard to the immigration issues and new policies in Arizona, I am disgusted by the short memories some Americans have, many of whom are descendants of immigrants or undocumented citizens. This country was founded on immigration, slavery and thievery. Please let us not forget this country was taken from the Indians.
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April 28, 2010
The founding fathers -- Hamilton,Madison,Jefferson, et al -- knew that the question of slavery must ultimately be resolved for the republic to endure.But they also knew they couldn't resolve the question of slavery without destroying the fledgling union they had sacrificed so much to create. At enormous cost to the nation -- black and white, slave and free -- they let it fester until the nation could no longer endure half-slave and half-free. But the nation in 1860 was no nearer to a resolution of the question of slavery that both sides could accept within the framework of the union than it was in 1789.
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April 8, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. - Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday conceded a "major omission" for not noting slavery in declaring April Confederate History Month in Virginia. As part of his apology, McDonnell inserted into the proclamation a paragraph condemning slavery as "evil and inhumane" and blaming it as the cause of the Civil War. In a 400-word statement his office issued, McDonnell said the failure to include a slavery reference was a mistake. On Tuesday, McDonnell said in a telephone news conference that he wasn't focused on slavery in drafting the decree but on Civil War history.
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By Jonathan Pitts | February 7, 2010
T he newspaper ad, were it to run today, might appear in a lost-and-found column, wedged between yard sales and apartments for rent. Yet it could hardly say more about the spirit of an age. "Ran away from the Subscriber living in Annapolis, a young Country-born Negro Man named Harry," it said. "He is of a yellowish Complexion, near 6 Feet high, brisk and active. Had on and took with him a Wig, a new Felt Hat, a grey Pea Jacket, red Waistcoat and Breeches ... "Whoever takes up the said Negro, and delivers him to me, at Annapolis, shall have THREE POUNDS Reward.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,childs.walker@baltsun.com | October 10, 2009
Though slaves probably helped build the college that would become the University of Maryland, College Park, the institution was created in part to push Maryland past its reliance on slave labor, according to a study released Friday by history professor Ira Berlin and a group of undergraduate researchers. The new study gives the university a clearer picture of its origins as it celebrates the 150th anniversary of its opening. It paints a complex portrait of a society that was looking to a future beyond slavery while remaining heavily dependent on it. Researchers could find no direct evidence that slaves helped build the Maryland Agricultural College, which opened its doors in fall 1859.
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June 23, 2009
The U.S. Senate made clear that its resolution Thursday apologizing for slavery cannot be used in support of claims for restitution. Do you think descendants of slaves should be eligible for reparations? Yes 11% No 87% Not sure 2% (3,078 votes, results not scientific) Next poll: : There has been a lot of discussion lately about a rise in youth gangs and criminal activity in Baltimore's suburbs. Do you worry about gangs in your neighborhood? Cast your ballot at baltimoresun.
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By Clarence Page | June 23, 2009
What if Congress apologized for slavery and nobody cared? The Senate late last week followed the House in voting to apologize for slavery and the Jim Crow segregation that followed it. In other words, it only took almost 150 years and the election of an African-American who is not descended from slavery to move Congress to apologize for slavery. Thanks, senators, but you're a little late. As "senior black correspondent" Larry Wilmore quipped on The Daily Show: "I thought Obama's election was our apology."
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