Ah but Jack, the winners do write history, and often they are right. Still, in many conflicts and situations around the world, even recently, one breakaway province might have a legitimate existence. For many years, the US recognized Taiwan as “China” even though China never recognized Taiwan as a separate country. Of course it’s different now. I would say that the Taiwanese believe they are the true China (or at least one of two Chinas. Same with the two Vietnams. And the two Koreas.
When I was growing up, we had a set of World Encyclopedias, 1959 edition. WE had a separate entry for the CSA, the entry for the war headed “The War Between the States,” and even Jefferson Davis listed as an American president with his picture right along side of Lincoln. So, over the decades, this perspective changed. (A poor analogy would Orwell’s 1984, when official policy could change in a day.)
For someone like me, a son of the South, steeped in the history of the South from our perspective, we can understand that some folks, the Scots, the Welsh, even the Cornish, as well as many other people around the world, might feel the same way about their history.
I’m not defending the Confederacy’s policies, nor all those horrible years of Jim Crow that followed. That would violate my (and others’) very humanity. However, I would venture that a defense could be made for the Constitutional issues involved. A force of arms does not always settle these issues (think Eastern Bloc).
I think this could turn into a political or cultural discussion, and I don’t want it to, and with the climate the way that it is here in the US, it would not be fruitful. In any case, I went through my watch list, ordered by birthdate, and found only four born in that era. I guess the men were busy elsewhere.