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Its Alice in Wonderland like of Virginia says that slavery was just One reason for for the civil war. In fact he never mentions it until hes called out. Gee i thought that was all about. In fact i thought the South seceded when Abe Lincoln and the Republicans won the election
McDonnell said slavery was not the lone issue contested in the war that ended with Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender in 1865 at Appomattox Court House, about 75 miles west of Richmond.
"There were any number of aspects to that conflict between ,the states. Obviously it involved slavery, it involved other issues, but I focused on the ones that I thought were most significant for Virginia" McDonnell said.
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Having grown up in the greaser / redneck car era ... that brings back memories. Even here in the northeast the confederate emblem on a grease machine was a good look. We were totally ignorant of what confederacy represented ... we were enamored with the look and it looked right. It looked better than the union flag for some reason.
I grew up in the south (Virginia actually), but I don't get the confederacy stuff. I'm all for state's rights as outlined in the constitution, but the stars and bars lost their fight. The south gets Chick Fil-A, Krispy Kreme, cheap tabacky, gun rights, and longer summers. That's a fair shake, eh?
In any case, with the possible exception of Virginia Beach, I can't think of one Virginia city that's truly southern in culture anyway. It's a gateway, swing-voting state now. The confederacy lost that one too.