The Hank Williams edition. This is basically explains neo-Confederate ideology. Notice the whiteness of the "we," and generally how black people do not figure in. I think the greatest damage done by The Lost Cause was to basically leave a lot of black people uninterested in the Civil War. But that's ultimately on us. We'll get it fixed soon enough.


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