Thursday, December 01, 2011

What I'd like to ask Newt Gingrich

Mr. Gingrich, you are a historian (as we all know).  If you had been in your home state of Georgia in 1861, would you have supported secession, or opposed it?  And if you would have opposed it, would you have gone to the north, as some Southern unionists did, to do so actively?

I don't think this is a "gotcha" question.  It would be interesting to hear the answer and to reflect on what light it would shed on the candidate.

(It's a measure of the intellectual power of the Northern versus the Southern causes that among those from the South who served the Union were Adm. David ("Damn the torpedoes") Farragut and George H. ("The Rock of Chickamauga") Thomas.  The most prominent northerner to serve the South was John C. Pemberton, remembered as the general who surrendered Vicksburg to Grant.)

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