The Civil War: Our nation's blood line

  • Article by: D.J. TICE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 29, 2013 - 5:22 PM

Enormous in scope, yet established as a shared calamity, a boundary on differences.

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pumiceJun. 29, 13 6:57 PM

A powerful commentary, DJ Tice! As always there are lessons we refuse to learn from our history--"how hard it is to use a military occupation to accelerate change in a traditional society"--and, thus, are doomed to repeat--Afghanistan and Iraq. The end of that statement, however, has an ironic twist... You wrote, "[how hard it is] to establish peace and justice between majorities and minorities." You were speaking of the century following the War between the States, the century which began with Reconstruction and ended with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The irony I note is that, unlike the other nine states of the Confederacy, the majority of South Carolina and Mississippi's population was chattel slaves. No matter--South Carolina and Mississippi's freed chattel slaves suffered the same fate as the freed chattel slaves in states where chattel slaves were the minority: They lost out in the effort to establish peace and justice during Reconstruction, between Reconstruction and 1964, and again this week when the Supreme Court abandoned judicial restraint and humility, ignored precedent and disregarded Congress's recent and near-unanimous renewal of the Voting Rights Act.

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Don9539Jun. 30, 13 6:39 AM

Good stuff, Mr. Tice.

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thoroughbred21Jun. 30, 13 5:35 PM

Why on earth did you not connect this article with a very strong recommendation to visit the Minnesota Historical Museum's fabulous exhibit on the Civil War from MN standpoint? It's super. Great artifacts, great testimony, super museum display technology.

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djb813Aug. 15, 1312:12 PM

The scourge of slavery goes back through most of human history. Yet we are the only country in history to fight a war to end it. As flawed as our nation is, the Founding Fathers vision of all men (and women) being created equal took the civil war and the civil rights movement to achieve. The problem is that many on the left want us to believe we are still living in the days of Jim Crow. Thankfully, we are not. I just wish the race hustlers would refrain from cheapening real racism with political racism.

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Willy53Aug. 25, 13 8:25 AM

How can someone compare our Civil War ( a war over states rights and the cessation of southern states) with the our invasion of Iraq, the dismantling of the secular government and the result religious civil war. There is no connection. The tragedy that Tice must relate through the ages is that so much death and destruction from the Civil War did eventually result in legislation like the Voting Rights Act that for the first time allowed African Americans theoretical equality in the south in particular. But that this one shining right has been diluted and denied once again by a Supreme Court that collectively understands little about the Jim Crow impact of Voter Suppression they have unleashed through their ill advised rulings. Between that single rejection of the Voting Rights Act and their ruling in Citizens United, the interests of African Americans, minorities in general and the entirety of the middle class was simply trampled by conservative justices remaking the law to further the accumulation of wealth and privlage in the already rich and powerful.

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