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The King of Marble Nikolai Shmatko created a bust of the US First Lady Melania Trump ⁦@dagenmcdowell⁩ and ⁦@MariaBartiromo⁩ My good friend ⁦@nikshmatko⁩ died this week. He lived in Ukraine on $60/mo pension. Denied transplant & ambulance…
Nik had wanted to gift his marble carvings to @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS ❤️ I wanted Nik to meet the Man who predicted Donald Trump would win in 2016 and 2020 . Jack? has suspended Nik’s sons account @rafaelshmatko Hard to get word out 😢
@dagenmcdowell I have to report my dismay at the systematic dismantling of Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. It was a most majestic living museum of fine art. Sculpture, Art, is not about just the Good. It is often in Overcoming the Bad.
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Did none of Trump's people attend elementary school where we learned about the Civil War?
#RobertELee was senior military adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
His family were slaveowners.
There has only ever been one government in the U.S. since the country fought a war to extricate from British rule--the United States government. In simplistic terms, the secessionist confederates were an armed militia group. Those fighting for that side were against this country.
And just for the record, I find it endlessly ironic that many of the same people who assert that Democrats should "get over" Hillary Clinton having the presidency stolen from her are still hysterical over losing a war that ended 155yrs ago.
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New thread that I will add to over the coming days as I re-watch Ken Burns' The Civil War.

I'm gonna call this #WhyWeNeedaNewCivilWarDocumentary. 🤓

(@netflix listen up!)
1. Starting with Episode 1, "The Cause," the doc does not mention #slavery until a full 6 minutes in, erroneously stating that #RobertELee "disapproved" of slavery.🙄…

Direct quote: “what began as a bitter dispute over union and states’ rights..."

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I'm seeing some misinformation here re: non-slaveholding southerners fighting in the #CivilWar since @TheTattooedProf 's #RobertELee thread went viral. So let's get a few things right:
1. Support for the #Confederacy varied greatly among non-slaveholders, depending on rural/urban, Upper/Lower South, slave societies/societies w slaves, & ties to slaveholders. Class also mattered: many landholding yeomen DID think 1 day they could own slaves, some rented slaves.
2. But for many cyclically-poor landless whites, esp in the cotton South (abt 1/3 white pop), there was no desire to fight & die to protect slave property. They even realized that their lives were negatively impacted (socio-economically) by the "peculiar institution."
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