Editing History to Suit Liberal Narrative – One Step At a Time

When the Confederate Memorial Hall was built, the money to build it was donated by the Tennessee chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1933. When Vanderbilt originally announced their plans to remove the word “Confederate” from the hall, the Daughters of the Confederacy sued, arguing that the university committed to the name when they took the money, and they're right.

A Tennessee appeals court ruled in favor of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, saying that Vanderbilt could remove the word “Confederate” only if it repaid the group the value of the gift in contemporary dollars.


On Monday, the university announced it would do just that. The 1933 gift was for $50,000. Consistent with the appeals court ruling, the university will give the Tennessee chapter of the Confederate memorial group $1.2 million. The funds came from anonymous donors, with the specific purpose of removing “Confederate” from the building.


“The residence hall bearing the inscription Confederate Memorial Hall has been a symbol of exclusion, and a divisive contradiction of our hopes and dreams of being a truly great and inclusive university,” said a statement from Nicholas S. Zeppos, chancellor of the university. “It spoke to a past of racial segregation, slavery and the terrible conflict over the unrealized high ideals of our nation and our university, and looms over a present that continues to struggle to end the tragic effects of racial segregation and strife.”

This is what ignorance produces. People are so quick to call “racist” at anything involving the Confederacy, but how much do they actually know about the Civil War? Do they know that many Confederate Soldiers fought to keep their homes safe from a Northern invasion? That's right, history always paints the Union as the prevailing heroes. Well, what about the numerous accounts of Union soldiers raping, pillaging, and burning their way across the South? There's that and the fact that less than three percent of Southerners even owned slaves. With mechanized farming making slavery economically impractical, chances are it would have died out on its own. Facts aside, this is just one of several examples of Americans trying to erase history and mold it to their own purposes.

Source: insidehighered.com




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