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Other states vary on Confederate History Month proclamations

Rosalind Helderman

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."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 7, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

what a joke...

Posted by: bryangirkins | April 7, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Not surprising George "Macaca" Allen's proclaimation was the most inflammatory. I'm sure he mounted it on the wall in his home along with his noose and confederate flag.

Posted by: McDonaldsEmployee | April 7, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Believe it or not, the South has a rich and divers history.I've had my great-grand father fight against his brothers and great uncles that died in that war. They didn't own slaves. They fought because the north invaded their home land.

Posted by: tglasgow | April 7, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Are people in the South really so stupid that they celebrate their historical failures?

Posted by: chorpophone | April 7, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

New state slogan:

"Virginia is for Loosers"
… who celebrate the
Confederacy,
the pinnacle of
anti-American
fear, hate, greed, and torture.

Thanks, Governor McDonnell!

Posted by: peterblaise | April 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Believe it or not, the South has a rich and divers history.I've had my great-grand father fight against his brothers and great uncles that died in that war. They didn't own slaves. They fought because the north invaded their home land.

Posted by: tglasgow | April 7, 2010 12:00 PM

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Um, the "North" was the United States government. How could they invade their own country? If Mexican Americans were to try to take Texas out of the Union, or the Navaho try to take Arizona out of the Union, would you be happy to support them? Or would you call them treasonous?

I agree, just because your ancestors were treasonous does not mean you can't honor and remember them. However, you can easily have a "Southern heritage/history month" that could include ALL Southerners, White AND Black. Why does honoring Southern heritage have to be tied to a failed, treasonous political movement which specifically stated it wanted to preserve the institution of slavery? Germans honor their history and heritage all the time without having to raise a "Nazi history month" that makes no mention of Jewish genocide or aggressive war behavior (since those were only incidental "aspects").

Posted by: xandersun | April 7, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Since Obama was elected, the racists have been more vocal, more incendiary, more prone to overt displays of racism. Obama portrayed with a bone in his nose, the birthers, the name calling and threats are loathsome to paople like me who love our country and what it stands for. Politicians who cater to fear, violence and hatred need to be voted out of office as quickly as possible. Like it or not, this is one country and we need to lift it up, not bring it down. Obama's undisputed election to the presidency proves that there are more people of good will in our country than there are those who want to tear it apart.

Posted by: laraine2 | April 7, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

It's not a stretch to say secession from the Union was disloyalty to the federal government and the USA as a whole. But McDonnell doesn't work for Washington; he works for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia's citizens overwhelmingly supported the Confederacy and sent hundreds of thousands of their men and boys to defend it from invasion. The governor is right to commemorate the struggle, because it was a defining period of Virginia's history.

Posted by: Simon23p | April 7, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The Democraps have poisoned Virginia. It's time to join with our brothers in Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas to celebrate our heroes and glorious past, and band together resist the oppression of the North.

Posted by: uva2manassas | April 7, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The South Rises Again. Soon all schoolbooks will rename the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression. No mention of slavery, no mention of the cost to humanity, nor the South's treason. Just that April is the time to celebrate the South's Heritage of H8te.

Posted by: whatagain08 | April 7, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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