I am a history nut and have been watching my favorite mini series from back in the day "North and South," and it made me wonder what side I would have truly been on. So I figured I would post this here, who would you have supported plus why? In hindsight it's easy to say the south were evil but they were caught in a way of raising to where they know no better. Many people around here had hardly any slaves, Surry county had only 10% slaves at best.
Most of my family/ancestors were poor farmers we were lucky to make it so I don't see us going south due to slavery, but sectional pride? Maybe so.
BTW I considered this long before that idiot in Charleston did what he did.
My direct ancestors came from the Jamestown colony and Isle of Wight. We then settled down in Sampson County NC, and unfortunately, they were slave owners. At the time, we were part of the aristocracy of the United States. After the Civil War, we were just poor peasant farmers.
I think it's next to impossible for me to state what I would have done. I'd probably have been in Sampson County, probably ignorant of how things went on across the nation and the world. I probably would have been told that I must accept my surroundings...and I probably would have rebelled. I've got a strong Contrarian streak inside of me. I don't necessarily take things as presented to me as the absolute truth. I have a feeling that I would have become a Quaker and help with the underground railroad. Both of my parents grew up in the Jim Crow South, and both remembered how people were taught to "accept" certain things. My mother's first two teaching positions were in a segregated Black school. On her first day teaching, she ate in the same cafeteria as the other teachers and students...except for the white teachers. One of the older ladies asked her if she was uncomfortable, and Mom responded that she didn't think twice about it. Mom told her peer that she was an equal, nothing more, nothing less.
As far as what happened down in Charleston, it really breaks my heart that we still live in a society where someone that is mentally ill can obsess over a nation that was terminated 150 years ago, not to mention that the country (Confederate States of America) only existed a little more than 4 years. The animosity that goes on with racial polarization disturbs me. I was always taught that everyone should be treated as an equal. I think I do a pretty good job of treating everyone as equal...I dunno. The only thing I can do is treat people fairly and with dignity and grace.