As @GovAbbott proudly signed the 1836 Project into law, & states across the U.S. are banning teaching that centers slavery and truthfully recounts our nation's racist past, history is again instructive: This's part of a legacy of the government banning the discussion of slavery.
One of the historical facts that you likely won't learn in the 1836 Project, 1776 Project or any other 1619 Project copycats is that in 1836, Congress adopted a "gag" rule against any conversation abt the abolition of slavery being considered.…“gag-rule”/
The following year, abolitionists sent > 130,000 petitions to Congress demanding the abolition of slavery in OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. Ths gag rule prevented any of them from being heard. Even then, conservatives were pushing to prohibit speech that forced confrontation with slavery.
This gag rule was re-upped several times, standing for nearly a decade, before John Adams, you know, "a man of his times" who somehow managed to believe in freedom without owning human beings, was able to garner enough votes to defeat it.…
The federal government censored anti-slavery literature that sought to show "the madness and cruelty of slave holders as an argument to rouse the Christian world against the SIN OF SLAVERY," with the Postmaster General arguing it was constitutional.
Many Southern states made it illegal to possess or disburse anti-slavery literature. So, yeah, we've been here before. When it comes to slavery, some people have never wanted open debate and honesty. They seek to bury and prohibit instead.

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