By Thomas F. Schwartz

As the line between news and entertainment continues to blur in our postmodern culture it is not surprising that a handful of protesters at the unveiling of a statue of Abraham Lincoln and Tad in the former Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, received national attention. Vitriolic statements comparing Lincoln to a conquering leader of a foreign power feeds the stereotype that the Civil War continues in the hearts and minds of Southerners. Like all stereotypes, however, the protesters hardly reflected the views of many, perhaps even most of those in attendance.
The following essay is by a native Virginian, Dr. Phillip C. Stone. For over two decades, Stone has taught at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia, and currently serves as president. While his reasoned assessment is not the stuff for television cameras, it is well worth reading.

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