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Sunday, July 09, 2006
From yesterday's Wall Street Journal's review (by North Carolina writer Stuart Ferguson) of a new biography of southern fire-eater W.L. Yancey:
He had an unhappy childhood, uprooted from Georgia by his step-father, a stern Presbyterian minister from New England, who took the family to Troy, N.Y. The Rev. Nathan Beman beat Yancey's mother, sometimes locked her in a closet and once nailed shut her bedroom door. He was also a staunch abolitionist. You don't need Freud or Dr. Phil to spell out one motive fueling Yancey's pro-slavery passion later in life.
He also became an advocate for property rights for women; that's for, son, not in. And he was a brawler:
Later, in Richmond, Yancey and Ben Hill of Georgia had to be separated by their fellow Confederate senators after a bloody scuffle on the floor that involved flying inkstands.
They had flying inkstands in the Confederacy? No wonder it's a mystical wonderland for a certain type of romantic conservative...!