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Anything goes?

Rather than "resenting" the implications, Mr. McRae, you would do this site a greater service by actually considering the issue at hand.

Are you at all aware of the history of the "Code"? There is no evidence for it. There is not even any evidence of an "oral history" of one existing before the last decades of the 20th century. *No historian* supports the story, which has become increasingly outrageous. One book author who claims to have learned it from her grandmother (born well after the Civil War ended) claims that quilts - in a pattern not known before the 1930s - were hung *from church steeples at noon "when the bells were ringing" to tell escaped slaves it was a safe place to hide. (No wonder the author of this hilarity will not allow her lectures to taped - she herself admits her story "changes a little every time".)

In those circumstances, on what basis is there room for "debate"? Is *every* claim worthy of serious consideration - and of advertisement on this site *by administrators* (who thereby lend it certain legitimacy) - no matter how outlandish or lacking in factual basis? Does that also go for revisionist claims by some racist whites that the URR never existed at all?

Are there *any* standards at all regarding which announcements are posted on this site, or is anything with "Underground Railroad" in its name a shoo-in? If not, I suggest you do your visitors a great disservice by not alerting them to your anything-goes policy.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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