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Old 07-18-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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Is it true that in South Carolina the Civil War is called the war of Northern Aggression and that is how children learn about it in school?


Would reading a book about the Civil War in public be offensive?

Would saying "Civil War" be in bad taste?


I am going down in August and I want to be respectful of the culture.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:47 PM
 
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No.

No.

No.

But why would you expect the topic to come up?
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Summerville
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The 'Civil War' or as I like to call it the war for southern independence, that the south lost, was not fought over the control of the government like the general definition of a Civil war where two factions fight for control of one government, but instead was fought to keep the south in the Union and not allow them to peacefully succeed from the Union and be independent of the federal government that was trying to impose it's controls on the south, hence the War for Southern Independance...

Most true sotherners do not have a problem with the war and the out come of it, it is reconstruction that sticks in their crawl.......
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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We call it the Civil War. Kids learn about it in school but they also learn about the Revolutionary War. In fact, there were more Revolutionary War battles fought on South Carolina soil than any other state. The Civil War is part of our history - it's not our present. While you may find plenty of history surrounding the Civil War in the area, it makes sense simply because so much of that history happened here.

It's a Hollywood thing that makes it seem like we're all named Bubba, call it the War of Northern Aggression, and still want to fight the war.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:09 PM
 
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Is it true that in South Carolina the Civil War is called the war of Northern Aggression and that is how children learn about it in school?


Would reading a book about the Civil War in public be offensive?

Would saying "Civil War" be in bad taste?


I am going down in August and I want to be respectful of the culture.

1. I don't know anyone here that uses Northern Aggression as the term for the Civil war.

2. Certainly not. I have many books on the Civil war. Read it where you wish.

3. That's what most people here call it. No problem.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:26 PM
 
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When we went to the reenactment at Boone hall they called it war of northern aggression...that's the only place I've heard it
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:51 PM
 
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This is a joke right?
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:44 PM
 
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Thanks everyone!


My summer reading right now is a novel takes place during the reconstruction period in New Orleans. It chronicles John Bell Hood's life of quiet desperation after the war. It is called "A Separate Country" and its by Robert Hicks. I just don't want to read it out by the pool at the hotel and bother people or seem inappropriate.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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I know a lot of people that call it the war of northern aggression interchangeably with the Civil War which, depending on your viewpoint, is an apt description. At the time, the states were a sovereign entity that had willfully joined a union of other states. When they choose to leave the union peacefully, the north refused to remove their troops from SC territory and invaded the south to forcefully keep it in the union after SC troops forced union troops out of Ft. Sumter.

Most people call it the Civil War, but the War of Northern Aggression is also a term that may be used and most southerners will know what you're re talking about.

Schools typically teach what's in the text. But I would say that the victors write the history. Much of the other aspects of the civil war are taught more from parents and the community knowledge than formal education. This is probably more true in Charleston than in many southern cities as the war was a very large part of our history... and history is kinda our business.

No one will say anything to you about reading a book on the civil war in public.... but they probably will think you're a tourist.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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The Northern War of Aggression is a joke. like Damnyankees is one word.
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