This is just too long to put on Twitter, so it goes here:
Something came into focus for me today while reading Sandburg’s “Lincoln.” There are some who quite vocally dislike the recent movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis because it neglects the contributions of black soldiers to the fight for their own freedom. The thing is, not only were there many white soldiers consciously fighting to end slavery, but there were many black soldiers (especially freeborn from the Northeastern states) consciously fighting to preserve the Union. When Lincoln, addressing those who opposed emancipation said, “You say you won’t fight for the Negro. Some of them are willing to fight for you…” he wasn’t just making it up. So, yeah, that argument ends up slandering white and black soldiers.