I Don’t Think I’ll Be Hiking on Stone Mountain Anymore

C. Helen Plane, the honorary life president of the Georgia division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy wrote;

“Since seeing this wonderful and beautiful picture of Reconstruction in the South, I feel that it is due to the Ku Klux Klan which saved us from Negro domination and carpet-bag rule, that it be immortalized on Stone Mountain,”

After the Civil War, Ku Klux Klan membership had started to decline. Then came the silent film in 1917, ‘The Birth of a Nation”–a film that was wildly popular among Southern whites.

The movie served as a “recruitment” film for the Klan. Inspired by the film, KKK membership exploded!

“The second iteration of the Ku Klux Klan had been born in a fiery ceremony atop Stone Mountain…”

Read more about Georgia’s “great” monument to KKK and the Confederacy at the link below.

https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/what-telling-the-truth-about-stone-mountain-might-look-like/732I32LU4RFL5M5MNO75WEC774/

13 Comments

  1. At the age of about 8 or 9 I was in one of our big department stores and came across these toy soldiers identical except one was in dark blue and the other in grey, so I asked my dad who were these? He said ‘American Civil War between the North and South’ being a kid I naturally asked ‘What did the East and West do?’.
    Anyway since I was one of those lads who didn’t grow out of playing with toy soldiers I gravitated towards Wargames, and military history. The ACW (Wargamers love initials) held a fascination for me, and I used to paint models of Confederate soldiers because they were so easy (in truth after a few months the average confederate regiments had no uniforms).
    That continued, until I read more and more; like for the romantics the uncomfortable truth that during Lee’s march in The North in 1863 African Americans born and resident in Pennsylvania were shipped south like so much other ‘loot’ of war.
    Then in recent years I saw the Confederate Flag being carried more and more as a symbol of support for Trump and the like.
    And I started to get a nasty taste in my mouth. The models weren’t even sold; they were ditched in the bin. The ACW doesn’t get ‘gamed’ in my house anymore {WWII does, but only campaigns where the Germans are on the back foot). I still have my copy of ‘Glory’ but not ‘Gettysburg’ . Any romance or fascination for the Confederacy is gone. It now sits alongside Nazi Germany.

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      1. I’ve been trying to get those words out for a few years now. Thank you for the opportunity Ron.
        I should have linked them up with my disgust at the atrocities perpetrated in post Civil-War Iong ago.

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  2. Ron, what amazed me about this monument is it was finished after the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act were passed. The governor at the time was he unbashful bigoted Lester Maddox. Keith

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      1. Ron, this thought that these monuments went up to honor the Civil War veterans is a wive’s tale. Just as the cloaked message that the Civil War was about state’s rights, not slavery. The latter was used to get poor whites to fight for their “state rights” not that their rich competitors could continue to use slave labor. Some monuments placed in cemeteries are more to the mission to honor the dead, but monuments that came out during the height of Jim Crow and the success of the racist movie “Birth of a Nation’ are more to glorify whites. Reading historian Jon Meacham’s “Soul of America,” he notes that 25% of the US Senate seats in the 1920s and early 1930s were filled with KKK sympathizers and over 100 representatives were as well That shows how easily this fear-based racist BS can happen. Keith

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