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Censorship impairs historical objectivity

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Date published: 10/12/2005

This is in response to Bill Flanigen's letter to the editor.

No, Confederate history is not clear. For example, no one has ever explained how the slave owners were better off after secession than they were before it.

Strong arguments can be made that the slave owners were actually worse off after secession.

Almost any theory of history can be "proved," depending on what facts are selected and how they are interpreted.

Also, condemnation and censorship of Confederate symbols severely impairs objectivity in the study and presentation of history concerning the Confederacy.

Larry Fafarman

Los Angeles