A Southern Legacy

The South has a legacy of welcoming and integrating other races and nationalities into its midst and assimilating them into its culture. Charleston, SC had a huge number of French immigrants. As well, Charleston was the home of the first Jewish synagogue organized on this continent. It was the South that sent the first Jewish men to the U.S. Congress and it was the Confederacy that had the first Jewish cabinet member. While initial conflicts occurred, the Irish and Scots eventually intermarried with native Americans. Tennesseans fought with Mexicans and others at the Alamo against Santa Anna. The French and Spanish influences in Louisiana cannot be ignored. There were never ghettos in Southern cities which were and are abundant in the cities of the North. The Africans which first arrived on our shores as objects of the Yankee slave trade also benefited from their treatment in the South. (I am not saying that slavery was a good thing.) The great majority of Southern slave……

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