Nikki Haley, the former UN Ambassador and Governor of South Carolina, recently clarified the U.S. Civil War narrative in an article posted on the Godzillanewz website. In it, she declared that the Civil War was about slavery, and that individual freedom was the resulting lesson from it.
Haley indicated that the Civil War was fought to permanently end slavery in the United States. She noted that “the great sacrifice made by those who fought and died in the Civil War was to secure freedom—not just for African Americans, but freedom for all Americans.” She went on to emphasize that the individual freedom resulting from the Civil War and its aftermath is something that Americans are still feeling today.
In the article, Haley also discussed the present-day attacks that she is seeing on those who are attempting to protect the legacy and the memory of those who fought in the Civil War. She noted that these attacks are designed to erase history and to distort it, in order to fit into present-day understandings of the conflict.
Haley also reiterated her commitment to protecting the memorials of Civil War soldiers. She declared that, “we owe it to them and every American to never forget the great sacrifice they made to secure freedom for all.”
Haley’s article provides a much needed reminder that the Civil War was fought for the purpose of ending slavery. It is a reminder of the great sacrifice made by those who fought in it and its legacy. Her thoughts should not only be remembered, but acted upon. Americans have an obligation to ensure that the individual freedom granted by the Civil War continues to be respected and acknowledged, even as our understanding of history evolves.