WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896

American history can unite as well as divide

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The War Between the States was fought over states’ rights! The war became about slavery because years, ago, President Lincoln made it about slavery because he needed the votes to win the election and become president.

Do you not remember the patriots — the chapel where the lanterns were hung? One if by land, two if by sea? And the reason Paul Revere rode his horse through the streets yelling “the British are coming, the British are coming”? And Ben Franklin, inventor and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence?

I can remember driving to work at the VA in Fayetteville and seeing the pavilion where slaves were sold.

I remember the courage of all who fought against slavery. But really, the War Between the States was about states’ rights.

I don’t want to live to be over 100 because our country is going downhill so fast it’s not funny. It took courage and still does for those who served in the military and still do.

I still remember standing in the front of the class and pledging allegiance to the flag as well as the marks on our coins and paper money — “In God we trust.”

Ann S. Brown

Wilson

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