Museum of the Confederacy

Thursday, March 31

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Across the street from our campground was the Museum of the Confederacy. It was a much better and more informative museum than we’d expected. The ‘Southern delicacy’ of euphemism was less in evidence here, but I still felt the weight of manifest karma: such ruin and loss had accrued from fighting to preserve an economic system that emancipation would have inevitably doomed anyway.

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Of course, it was as easy for Northerners to condemn Southern slavery then as it is today for all of us, when we buy products of distant, international sources made in conditions of near slavery. Historical perspective. Remember my reference to the slaves’ suffering and submission in the rice plantations of Brookgreen? I found the wording on this particular flag of the first seven Confederate states to be offensively ironic.

 

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