-The book's entire treatment of slavery, other than briefly mentioning it in other contexts such as the constitutional convention and the Missouri Compromise, is contained in a box inset on two pages. In this brief box, we're assured that slaves were well fed and clothed, and that the vast majority of southerners did not own slaves. Nowhere in the whole book do we find out what life was like for average slaves or free blacks, nor are we told that over a fourth of slave families were broken up by sale.I wish I could say I was shocked by this, but I am not. But this is part of (only part) why we are still battling the civil war, and Obama's election was the latest part of that. And, if you know anything about fundamentalism, you know that many conservative Christians have pushed their kids to read these very textbooks. No wonder we have a race problem in the southern church as well.
-The text states that slavery was not the primary cause of the civil war and argues that it had more to do with constitutional differences of opinion. It does not discuss the actions of slaves, free blacks, and black soldiers during the war to win their freedom.
-It says that the 14th amendment was the most important and far-reaching of the reconstruction amendments because it increased the power of the federal government. Apparently this theoretical concern was of greater importance than the 13th amendment which officially ended slavery for four million people.
-It dispenses with Jim Crow in a single page, and we're not told how the "Redeemer" governments regained control in the South.
August 19, 2012
One link between fundamentalist Christianism and racism
Blogger Jesse Curtis explains that one source of his own racism was the horrible Bob Jones U history texts he read as a child: