Congratulations to our son for having received a substantial check yesterday from a publishing company for a 2000 word article and "side bar" he wrote for an upcoming historical encyclopedia on Slavery in America. He is presently working at a university in the Midwest as a teaching/research assistant while working on his masters degree in History. He eventually wants to be a History Professor on the college level. He has a real passion for history.
American slavery was an evil that is hard to understand. Lincoln in his Second Inaugural Address said it best:
If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
His mother and I are very proud of him . As I told him last night it is a lucky man who can have a profession for which he has a passion.