White House Responds to Historians' Memorial Day Petition Posted on HNN

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President Obama observed Memorial Day on Monday just as his predecessors have: by placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns here. But Mr. Obama added a new twist: he sent a second wreath to a memorial honoring African-Americans who fought in the Civil War.

Presidents since Warren G. Harding have marked Memorial Day by visiting Arlington National Cemetery, where white rows of tombstones mark more than seven generations of America’s war dead. But with the nation’s first African-American president in office, a race-related controversy erupted over Mr. Obama’s appearance this year.

Last week, a group of university professors [on HNN] petitioned the White House to end a longstanding practice of sending a wreath to a monument to Confederate soldiers on the cemetery grounds. Mr. Obama continued that tradition but started another, the White House said, by sending a second wreath across the Potomac River to the historically black neighborhood in Washington where the African-American Civil War Memorial commemorates more than 200,000 blacks who fought for the North in the Civil War.

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Jeremy Alan Perron - 5/31/2009

Vito, considering I hold Lew Rockwell to be nothing more then slime, I don’t think that his website is something that put much stock in. I love how you just posted it though as if I never had any of that before and that if only I read it I would clearly ‘see the light.’

Joan, thanks for that inconvenient fact most Lost Cause scholars hate.

Joan E Crow-Epps - 5/27/2009

That's not what the seceding states said themselves at the time:

A Declaration of the Causes which Impel the State of Texas to Secede from the Federal Union
"That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding states."


Vito Danelli - 5/27/2009

Those states were within their rights to secede from the Union.

And the Civil War itself had nothing to do with ending slavery.

Check out this link for a different viewpoint on Lincoln:


Jeremy Alan Perron - 5/26/2009

Yeah because saving the Union and ending slavery was such a wasted cause.

john richard barker - 5/25/2009

send NO wreaths. unless to commemorate how unnecessary and pointless their sacrifices.