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Stonewall Jackson: Black Man’s Friend or Fairly Typical Slave Owner?

There are several go-to arguments that modern day Confederate apologists reach for when the topic of slavery is broached. One of the most well trodden is Stonewall Jackson’s supposedly illegal all-black Sunday school. We are to believe that out of the goodness of his heart, Stonewall Jackson defied the laws of the land, and risked jail time, because he loved black people so much that he couldn’t wait to teach them to read. Let’s take a closer look at not only Jackson’s Sunday school, but at his childhood among his family’s slaves, and his adult life as a slave owner.