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Amid the wave of protests that developed in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, is the re-examination of the relevance of the various monuments to the confederacy that dot the American southern landscape, including whether having those names on a building used for public education. About 100 public schools in the United States are named after Confederate leaders, most commonly Robert E. Lee. 

School districts across the South have been grappling with the controversy surrounding these names of Civil War stalwarts affixed to their buildings. And several have elected to replace these names, including Houston ISD, Lee becoming Margaret Long Wisdom and San Antonio where the former Robert E. Lee High School became Legacy of Educational Excellence (L.E.E.) High School, 

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BayTX

No disrespect intended but if the War was truly over slavery, why did President Lincoln make the following statements?

“I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” —Abraham Lincoln” – Inauguration Speech on March 4, 1861 (1 month 8 days BEFORE War began).

“I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be “the Union as it was.” If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union…” —Abraham Lincoln, August 22, 1862 –Written in a letter to Horace Greeley. (1 year. 4 months 10 days AFTER War started.)

Yes, slavery did become a part of the War after Mr. Lincoln realized he could not win without freeing the slaves.

BayTX

If the War Between the States was started over slavery, instead of economics, why did President Abraham Lincoln make the following statements?

“I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” —Abraham Lincoln” – Inauguration Speech on March 4, 1861 (1 month 8 days before War began).

“I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be “the Union as it was.” If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union…” —Abraham Lincoln, August 22, 1862 –Written in a letter to Horace Greeley. (1 year. 4 months 10 days after the War broke out.)

There will be an additional six schools in Baytown that will also need name changes at the same time if Robert E. Lee High School is renamed, with the expense falling on the taxpayers.

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