Three States Observing Confederate Holiday On Monday

State government offices in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia will be closed Monday for Confederate Memorial Day.

The holiday has been observed for decades, although there are only a few ceremonies in each state.

Critics say it's time to rethink the practice of recognizing the Old South.

Mississippi NAACP president Derrick Johnson says Confederate
Memorial Day is "an affront" to people whose ancestors were

But the Alabama commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans,
Robert Reames, says it's proper to recognize the sacrifices of people he believes "legally seceded from the United States."

Other southern states, from South Carolina to Texas, have different holidays to honor the Confederacy.

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  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Apr 30, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    Anonymous that is a history major: I am pretty sure that I raised a good arguement about slavery not being the ONLY cause of the civil war. I have never claimed that it was not A cause, but it was never the ONLY cause. I am glad that you are a history major, but truth be told, I am too.Lincoln was elected President but failed to win the popular vote. The southern states seceded from the UNION before Lincoln ever had a chance to attempt to abolish slavery. They seceded from the belief that he would abolish slavery, but given the chance, he said he would keep slavery if it meant keeping the UNION.
  • by C on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    To Rhett Kelley: On behalf of all decent southern gentlemen, I apologize for the undeservedly rude treatment you've received. At least you know that not all of us are like that. Conversely, I've encountered much the same treatment from many Northerners. Many of them look down upon anyone from this part of the country. They laugh derisively at our accents, think we all live in trailers, and seem to think that all we're good for is being on Jerry Springer . As a brief aside, many of them also don't sweeten their tea [WHAT is that all about ? Tea without sugar is just brown water !] or even put ice in it..and THEY look down on US ? So, don't feel like you're alone on this one. Regards, C
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Apr 28, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    anonymous: what question did you ask me? I do not recall a question directed directly at me.
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Apr 28, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    anonlymous at9:35: Did the north have slaves?
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Apr 27, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    I would call the North anything North of Manassas Va and east of Ohio. You would then have the upper midwest, Midwest and West. Maryland can be tricky, because Maryland tried to leave the union and a lot of people from Maryland went over to Va to fight for the South. West Va and Kentucky were really divided states in the issue. Kentucky had a confederate capital in Bowling Green and an Union capital in Frankurt. Almost all of the native Americans fought for the Confederacy because of the Feds were trying to take their land. It made America a stronger country in the end. The first soldier to die in the war was from Pitt County NC.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2009 at 06:35 PM
    Pee Dee and other Anon, neither of you can answer the question. All of these economic rationales come back to the fact that the southern economy was rooted in a system that depended upon slave labor. This is undeniable, and is at the core of the issue. Other Anon, I appreciate that at least you try to give reasonable historical evidence, unlike so many others here. The bottom line is that most Germans just were fighting for their homeland as well, right?
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Apr 27, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    IF MLK day is celebrated, then this day should be also.And the whining of Derrick Johnson should be ignored.
  • by Dave on Apr 27, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    Rhett I live in Great Falls, Montana for 5 years and LOVED IT!!
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Apr 27, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    A lot of it had to do with states rights. A good example today would be the stimulus package recently passed. Many states are rejecting the stimulus because it puts future demands on them that they do not want to pay for. Without state rights, these states would HAVE to take the stimulus, no questions asked.Before the civil war, many southern states felt that their state rights were being destroyed. Remember, actual facts and news of that time were very slow and unreliable and many people in the south and north made their decisions based on these reports.
  • by Rhett Kelley Location: Kinston on Apr 27, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    Many Southerners badly need a basic geography lesson. I am from Montana, and have lived here for decades. My job brought me here in 1974. I am a Westerner by heritage and birth, and yet locals around here persistently refer to Montana as "up north" (even though it wasn't a state until 1889), and call me a "Northerner"- with thinly concealed contempt. My ancestors immigrated directly to Montana from England in 1880, well after the Civil War, and yet I am constantly referred to as a "Yankee" in conversations with people around here. Southerners need to learn that there are many distinct regions of the U.S., and that everywhere that isn't the "South" isn't "up north". Southerners also need to learn that not everyone who is from somewhere other than the "South" is a "Yankee". Saying such things makes Southerners look very ignorant - which indeed many must be. I've always treated people here with polite respect, but it's always made me sad that I'm treated badly because I'm not from here.

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