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September 21, 2010 1:56 AM

Commentary: Beck, Barbour and the art of rewriting history

For 145 years, ever since a grim-faced Robert E. Lee rode away from Wilmer McLean's house in Appomattox, Va., where he had surrendered his army, apologists for the South have been trying to induce the rest of us to forget the causes of the Civil War, to imbue an act of treachery and treason with a nobility of purpose it did not, in fact, possess. It is the social and political equivalent of an extreme makeover. The thinking seems to be: when history collides with cherished self image, change history.

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