It seems clear to me that this particular profile is nearly as devisive to WT as our current political situation. In some respects, the Civil War persists to this day. My family and I were in Georgia for vacay a number of years ago. We saw Stone Mountain, newly built, ante-bellum plantations, all things gone with the wind. Then we saw slave quarters, heard of the treatment and wept. We read about Andrew Jackson's treatment of his slaves and wept...his Trail of Tears and wept. Jefferson Davis and, dare I say, even Robert E Lee were traitors. States rights during this time necessarily included the state's right to have slaves. Slavery is what boosted their economy.
Jefferson Davis should not have been listed as a US president. He was a traitor. Deb made her culpas and removd Davis from US presidents. He does belong bin Civil War, as does Robert E. Lee and other Confederates. Robin works diligently on the US President's Project. agree with Gaile and the others who abhor slavery. I still perceive elements of it's outcome currently not only in the south, but even the north in terms of activities like voter suppression and inequality in education, jobs, etc. These are ugly truths our country must face, as do other countries in their own ways. Andrew Jackson was a duly elected US president and a slaveholder. I sometimes wonder if we've become more or less enlightened since the 1800s and before. This is where I credit SJ's comments regarding victors and how history is written. We should be learning from history sometimes we do and very obviously sometimes we don't.
I watched a live stream from the RootsTech conference in London recently. One speaker, Dan snow, shared his personal genealogy of a great-grandfather who was not at a finest moment during WWI. It was compelling and it was heartbreaking. Dan was quite open about his great-grandfather's failures and the maybe half a million soldiers who died because his great-grandfather was writing as thento how well prepared the troops were not really cognizant of what his troops would be confronting. Afterwards, he blamed his troops, who fought and died so valiantly for the loss at the Somme. Dan's point was that as we do genealogy we have to admit to the negative as well as the positive when we write our family history. For those of us in the WT family, this is one of these times. We must look back and write with honesty, integrity and frankness. After all, to paraphrase Dan Snow, what will be written about us 200 years from now?