I have always enjoyed history but as I grew older I found that all the history we had been given in school was not really history but was often part of someone’s agenda. Researching history is fascinating and you often find things that will never appear in the “history” books.
I grew up in the North and so was taught a Northern version of what the War Between the States was all about. As I started researching on my own I found that the Northern version had many problems, but, as they say, “the winners get to write the history books.” Research has convinced me that the South was more right in that war than the North was–and it wasn’t about slavery.
In the process of researching for the book Donnie Kennedy and I wrote Lincoln’s Marxists I found many things about the Republican Party that they will never tell us or admit to, such as socialists in its ranks in the very early days of the party. By the same token, I attended public schools in the North and never found out about the foundation of public education until I grew older and learned of the Unitarian/socialist foundations of that institution. All I seek to do is to pass along some of what I have learned to others.