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The spectacular American Civil War Museum opened in May in Richmond, Virginia, built in and around the ruins of the historic Tredegar Iron Works on the banks of the James River. It is a new home for the collections of the former Museum of the Confederacy, which opened in 1896 in the White House of the Confederacy, a building once occupied by the South's president, Jefferson Davis, and his family.

That museum functioned chiefly as a shrine displaying relics of the "Lost Cause." The new Tredegar facility instead provides visitors with a more comprehensive and inclusive interpretation of the Civil War. Like any museum, it displays artifacts, including maps, weaponry, uniforms, period photographs, and slave shackles. It also offers a wider-scope view than mere objects can provide via interactive timelines detailing significant events in both the North and the South.

Importantly, the evils of slavery and the shattering of the promise of Emancipation by the spread of Jim Crow apartheid are no longer obscured by antebellum Gone with the Wind nostalgia, as they were in previous museums. And the contributions of black Americans who fought in that war as spies and soldiers, and who later struggled to uphold their rights as citizens, are rightly highlighted.

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  1. I am sure the museum is full of historically accurate

    1. (Contd) references to the Democrat Party being that good ‘ol Party of slavery.

      1. I think you misspelled “white people living in the south” and guess who they vote for these days: Republicans.

        1. I’m sorry, but all the Democrats who embraced slavery are dead. They don’t vote for anyone these days.

          1. There are plenty of a Democrat’s alive today who support slavery.

            Anyone who believes that health care is a right, for example. That ‘right’ inflicts an involuntary obligation on some health care worker, I.e. slavery.

            1. TIL that any one who believe that health care is a right is also in favor of prohibiting health care workers from switching careers and reducing their pay to $0.

          2. Democrats are still the party of slavery, they just moved the slaves from the plantation to the voting booth. Take a look at how they react to black or gay Republicans, they still believe they own them

      2. It’s southerners. They used to be democrats. They’re now republicans. Get over it. I mean I guess you can say the current R’s in the south just worship democrats of old?

        It’s just funny how the republicans are hell bent on blaming the democrats as the cause of slavery and resting the blame of fighting for slavery on the democrats, but every action against a monument to the confederacy or any bad words against them are met with hostility from hardcore, 100% republican voters. Of all my annoying D friends or acquaintances at work, I have never had a D defending the south or the confederacy. Hell even most of the R’s up here (PA) dont give a shit. It’s mostly R southern voters.
        The R’s are currently those obsessed with the confederacy, and they are the ones defending the old south.

        Point is to an actual libertarian it shouldn’t matter. The democrats are becoming a cancer on society, as are the GOP. You can play point the finger games all day about who dun it back in the day, but fact is the republicans (who suck as well) are CURRENTLY the ones who always go to bat for the old south, their leaders, and their side of the war.

        1. Why would you think that Republicans would be loathe to the destruction of all the Democrat made homages to the Confederacy?

          Could it be that they don’t want them to further erase their culpability?

          After all, they’ve already got a plaque up at Northwestern declaring that Lincoln was a Democrat.

          1. I dont know if sarc?

            If you have met an ACTUAL defender of all things confederacy (again, tends to be southerners) you would be able to detect in a fraction of a second that they arent doing to so the dems look bad for their previous actions and their propping up of southern leaders….they worship the previous generals, name their progeny after them, and love them

            Southerners (hardcore R’s, consistent GOP voters) are extremely proud of their previous generals, soldiers, and cause and will scream it from the mountain tops. Assuming their purpose is to make sure everyone sees the “democratic heroes” and their evil, is laughable and would be shot down by most 5th graders in debate.

            If you cant follow by now, a summary for you; it might have been the democrats in the past, but they reproduced, and their progeny now vote with the R’s and the GOP. I honestly dont give AF what you call them nowadays, they are the same people, they just switched affiliations. Actual libertarians dont care what the slobs call themselves.

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  2. “a more comprehensive and inclusive interpretation of the Civil War.”

    Ooooook…..

  3. “The spectacular American Civil War Museum opened in May in Richmond, Virginia, built in and around the ruins of the historic Tredegar Iron Works on the banks of the James River. It is a new home for the collections of the former Museum of the Confederacy”

    Truth in the news at last. I notice that the American Civil War Museum is NOT the Museum of the Confederacy in a new location. It is the home of the artifacts taken from the Museum of the Confederacy. There is no question about who won the military conflict in the mid 1860s.

    1. There also is no question which side had the better morals, arguments, and people.

      Except in the minds of our vestigial conservative bigots, who follow the path of their ideological ancestors by losing the culture war to their betters.

      1. +1 Pinochet Air Boarding Pass

      2. I bet it makes your family so proud to know that you continue to support the party of slavery and Jim Crow and that you are personally in the front lines fighting for a new world of segregation you bigoted racist piece of shit.

      3. Arthur L. Hicklib actually believes that white farmers from southern Indiana were fighting to free the slaves.

        1. More accurately – that the South was fighting to extend slavery to all territories, to nullify all state laws which prohibited citizens of those states from owning slaves, and to force all citizens in free states to assist in the capture of anyone alleged to be a runaway slave at the risk of jail.

          1. Nothing you wrote refuted what I said.

            1. It’s not meant to refute that. The Civil War was like every war in history – a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight. On the rich man’s side (say those who could avoid conscription – $300 men for the North and 20 slaves for the South) – those who caused the war – it was the South that had the worst possible cause any war has ever been waged for. Which by default means the North had a better cause. And let’s face it – this is the level at which all history aggregates to – which is why the ‘Lost Cause’ crap is so poisonous. That’s the level my comment is also addressed to.

              As for the poor man’s fight. Which is the reasons that motivated my ancestors (on both sides) and yours if they too were here then. And what your comment was about. Well I’d suggest you (and Rev for that matter) read something like For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War by James McPherson. Based on 25,000 letters/memoirs of regular soldiers.

      4. “There also is no question which side had the better morals, arguments, and people.”

        The Republicans?

  4. History finally rewritten by the victors?

  5. This sounds like a small, but nevertheless important, first step toward healing the divisions that have wracked the country as of late. This museum can bring together both the Loony Left and the Alt Right, opposing sides united in protesting how horribly wrong it is that this museum even exists. KKK and Antifa marching together side-by-side as brothers, declaring that the people who built the museum have no right to speak of such things and demanding this edifice of lies and misrepresentations of history be shuttered. I’m guessing it will be burned down within a week.

  6. Go to a battlefield instead. I’ve been to the old Confederate White House, and while it was interesting, you don’t get the same sense of what the conflict was like as you do when you, for instance, stand where the Union lines were at the end of the first day at Shiloh with your back to the river and imagine what those soldiers must have been thinking before their reinforcements from the Army of the Ohio came across the Tennessee river during the night. There are almost always reenactors on hand who will show you what an encampment might have looked like or how a field piece was operated and they are almost always happy to talk to tourists and show them their gear. Museums are all well and good, but battlefields are where most people will really connect with the Civil War.

    1. Most people connect with the Civil War by appreciating the American progress that was enabled by it.

      1. Arthur L. Hicklib doesn’t understand how visitor immersion works. Someone should put him in chains and strap him 100 times so the slack-jawed, slope-foreheaded, bucktoothed peckerwood finally gets what it was like for the blacks in Mississippi that he hates.

      2. “Most people connect with the Civil War by appreciating the American progress that was enabled by it.”

        And taking it for granted and misrepresenting it, as some do.

      3. Abolitionist John Wilkes Booth disagrees.

      4. “Most people connect with the Civil War by appreciating the American progress that was enabled by it.”

        Dimbulbs tend to one-dimensional views of history, right you asshole bigot.

  7. The real problem being that the only civil war ever fought in what is now the U. S. of A. ended in 1781.

    1. I read all these comments sighing with warm nostalgia. Being from the South, I’ve had a lifetime of arguments with deadenders trying to deny what prompted secession, or attempting to make something noble out of the Confederacy’s “cause”. Many of my arguing opponents were family or friends. More often than not, they weren’t bad people – just hopelessly consigned to bad history and even worst historical understanding.

      Fun arguments tho. So easy to win……

      1. Pretty hilarious how nearly every screeching progressive on these boards turns out to be a self-loathing hicklib.

        1. The last time I visited the Tredegar Iron Works was quite a while ago, long before this new building. For entertainment, I spent a few minutes thumbing thru the guestbook. There were countless variants of the “Slavery had Nothing to do with Secession” nonsense, along with all the stock cliches people use to support that drivel.

          There’s also a statue of Lincoln and Todd outside (president and son had visited Richmond just after Davis fled). This statue was unveiled in 2003 and – sure enuff – five score deadenders from the Sons of Confederate Veterans protested. The poor things were positively red-faced with rage, much like many commentators here.

          It’s not a bad statue, set in a shallow niche in front of a high wall. These words from Lincoln’s second inaugural address are carved into the granite : ”To bind up the nation’s wounds.”

          I don’t think the Sons of Confederate Veterans bothered to read them….

          1. Thanks for confirming your origins, hicklib.

  8. Revisionist history for Reconstruction 2.0

  9. Like any museum, it displays artifacts, including maps, weaponry, uniforms, period photographs, and slave shackles.

    No mention of flags…

    1. They have damn near every Confederate battle flag carried at Gettysburg. The Yankees returned them in the spirit of reconciliation.

  10. They have damn near every Confederate battle flag carried at Gettysburg. The Yankees returned them in the spirit of reconciliation.

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