28377Re: [civilwarwest] Re: American Jewry in the Civil War..
- Sep 2 5:44 AM
> That is exactly what I was saying. Anti-semitism and anti-catholocism was
> not "institutionalized" or "organized" at the time of the Civil War. It
> individual. But... on an individual level it was wide-spread, and ran thea
> gauntlet from vitrulent hatred to mile dislike and distrust. Rosecrans is
> classic example of this.the
> I do not believe that Grant was a biggot, at least not deliberately, or
> maliciously so. I belive that his order simply reflected the climate of
> times and a general distrust of anyone or anything "foreign" or "other".distrusted,
> The same thing can be said in the Confederacy with regard to the opinions,
> which varried widely, of J.P. Benjamin. He was generally respected for his
> ability, but in many quarters he was generally held suspect and
> if not outright disliked in spite of his obvious ability. Once again, thisindividual
> was not institutionalized or organized, it was on a personal and
> level, but nevertheless widespread.being
> I firmly believe that Benjamin fled the country after the war because he
> genuinely feared for his life. While both he and Davis were accused of
> involved in the plot against Linclon, I think Benjamin realized that whilebe
> it would have been politically inexpedient to hang Davis (which proved to
> a correct analyssis), hanging him would have caused no great uproar andfor
> would have provided the Radical Republicans with a convenient target for
> punishing the Confederate Government.
> If one looks at the Wirz case, it is obvious that Henry Wirz was hanged
> his Catholocism and his foreign birth as much as for any attrocities thathe
> committed or might have committed. He was not the Commandant oftrial.
> Andersonville, however, the actual Commandant, whose name escapes me as I
> write this, was a more dangerous and well connected "target" for any
> Like Davis, people would have rallied to him, whereas Wirz was notand
> particularly well liked by anyone, simply becaus of his aloof character
> foreign mannerisms... as well as his religion... and had no realsupporters.
> The fact that both Anti-Semitism and Anti-Catholocism did become
> instutionalized and organized within a few years of the War's end prove
> both existed, and that both existed to the extent that thisaugmented
> institutioalization and organization was possible.Certainly it was
> by the mass of immigrants pouring into the country after the War, but this
> was simply an augmentation of existing views.
> "Truth, crushed to the ground, shall rise again".
> -- Governor Earl K. Long of Louisiana --
> "People are always telling me to "give 'em Hell"...
> I don't have to. I just tell the truth, and most of
> 'em think it's Hell.
> -- President Harry S. Truman --
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