I thought long and hard before I changed my original post to the one I posted above.
However I did save my original and I will post it now.
It is unfortunate that the historical signifigance of why some of the Southern States felt the need to secede from the union has been muddied.
Some of the very same issues that divided this country then, are still dividing us now. They didn't have the terminology then, but "Big Brother" was a major dividing point. The State's right to choose for themselves, rather than have the Federal Gov't tell them what to do.
We fight that same point today, do we want the Fed's telling us what we can and can't do, can and can't say, NO, and neither did most of the Southern States.
Yes, Slavery was an abomination and needed to stop. However the slavery issue was not the original cause of the "War of Northern Agression", "The War Between the States" or the "Civil War".
It became the most important issue, but was not the original issue, The state rights to choose/govern themselves, was the original.
Do I believe the states should have the right to govern themselves? YES
Do I believe inthe US Constitution & Declaration of Independence? YES
Would I fight to defend those rights? YES
Does that make me a Racist? NO
Again it has become unfortunate that certain groups or individuals abuse the heritage of the confederacy.
Many of the Founders of the Confederacy struggled with the decision they had to make, many of them struggled with the issue of slavery. It haunted many of them to their dying day.
A struggle that tore a country apart, a country that fought so hard less than 100 years before to gain their freedom and Independence.
(End of Original post) http://www.civilwarhome.com/csa.htm
This is a great website for the historical information on the Confederacy.
You are right about the words on a bumper sticker, that is why those who really care about the heritage of the confederacy, usually display the original stars and bars.
(Maurice is not one of those)
When people see that flag they ask what it is and then it is my chance to explain it.
(I will not tell you to lighten up, I know this topic to this day stirs some deep emotion in people)
Yankee by Birth, Southerner by the Grace of God! (exiled to yankee territory, just barely)