This blog took into consideration all of the civil war monuments that have been taken down, and those that are under discussion. The issue it’s investigating is if the southern states, and the confederate generals, were traitors to the country by choosing to secede. This would justify taking down such statues. The blog ultimately decided, based off of historical evidence that our founding fathers had said or published, that choosing to secede from the union did not make them traitors. Otherwise George Washington and company would be traitors as well for choosing to be independent from England.
- Walter E. Williams believes that the question of whether Southern generals were traitors is best answered by deciding if they had the right to secede from the union.
- Williams maintains that the constitution would never have been ratified at all had not each of the independent states felt that they had the right to secede.
- In the 1800s the Northern newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press, editorialized in favor of the South’s right to secede.
“The U.S. Constitution would have never been ratified — and a union never created — if the people of those 13 “free sovereign and Independent States” did not believe that they had the right to secede.”