A friend of mine, who doesn't wish to be identified by name, but is a native white Alabamian like me, had the following comments on proclamations about Confederate history that I found interesting:
"The first of my family arrived in Jamestown in 1610. By the mid-18th century, we had achieved the American dream of owning property. I grew up in Alabama, but now live in Virginia inside the Capitol Beltway with a view of Washington, DC. When I first started working in the area, I lived in Fredericksburg. Everyone thought my move from Alabama would have to be a cultural shock, and it was, but not the shock that many thought it would be. Alabama is known as the “Heart of Dixie” and the “Cradle of the Confederacy,” but it was not until I moved to Fredericksburg that I almost felt like I had left the United States and moved to the Confederate States of America. Fredericksburg is very proud of its history, and the Battle of Fredericksburg was one of the major battles won by the Confederacy. Like so many people and places in the South, Fredericksburg is sometimes contradictory – proud of Confederate past and giving 64% of its vote to Obama in 2008.