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Texas Matters: Is Texas Teaching Wrong History About The Civil War?

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David Martin Davies
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Civil War monument on the Texas Capitol grounds

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Civil War marker placed at the Palestine, Texas Confederacy Plaza

There are 12 monuments, plaques and other markers to the Confederacy on the grounds of the state capitol. They tell a carefully crafted story of an honorable and brave South that fought for freedom and independence from a dominating Federal Government. It’s a story that is reflected in modern day political philosophies in Texas and across the South and according to actual historians, it’s a story that is completely wrong.

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Civil War marker in the Palestine, Texas Confederate Plaza

James Loewen is the author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, ” and The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause."
Loewen is a professor emeritus at the University of Vermont.

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David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi