Other states vary on Confederate History Month proclamations
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has issued a proclamation declaring April Confederate History Month. How have some other Southern states dealt with this issue?
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley issued a similar proclamation last month. It asks that state residents "honor our past and from it draw the courage, strength and wisdom to reconcile ourselves and go forward into the future together as Alabamians and Americans." It also specifically condemns slavery, calling it "one of the causes of the war."
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed Confederate History Month proclamations in recent years. We found three versions on the state's Web site. (Here, here, and here.) Each provides information about different prominent Georgians who took part in the war. None mention slavery.
How has Virginia handled the issue in the past? Democratic Govs. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine refused to issue the proclamations. Gov. George Allen (R) signed one that was widely considered particularly incendiary. Read it in full here. Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) added condemnation of slavery when he took office. Read it here. Gilmore then replaced the Confederate History Month proclamation with one "in rememberance of the sacrifices and honor of all Virginians who served in the Civil War."
April 7, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
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