Allow me to answer the obvious question: Who am I that I think I can comment extensively regarding American history, the Confederate flag, or the American Civil War?? The lineage of my family fought on both sides of the American Civil War. I'm a Canadian patriot that has patiently monitored the propaganda and watched the attacks of growing intensity towards anything Confederate within Canada the last five years. I did roughly five years research on my family lineage in Canada and the United States, and drove to the Southern U.S. in 2016. I've authored two articles regarding Veterans and family background in relation to the Confederate flag. I'll share now that I've been seriously targeted after not heeding warnings to drop my advocacy and quit displaying anything Confederate....a key indicator of developing extremists and extremist politics I'll be covering in my next article.
As a toddler/kid I actually wore out my Dukes of Hazzard pajamas and argued profusely with my mother to allow me to continue wearing the shredded remnants. I still have my General Lee car poster, bicycle license plate, and 1/64 scale car. I still have my childhood comics that I read and learned a positive representation of the Confederate flag. I always had an odd infatuation with North Carolina and can only assume it was through small tidbits of NASCAR races and Southern folklore stories regarding runnin' moonshine that I even heard about it in Saskatchewan growing up. Regarding my family demographics I'm the youngest child of a father that was the oldest kid in his generation, and my father's father was the oldest child of his generation. I spent time with my grandfather before he passed away and have been close to my father all my life....there are a specific set of principles and ethics inherent to Pippin's that have always perplexed me. Of these principles the belief that a rightful fight over ethics was at times justifiable has been instilled in all generations of Canadian Pippins.
I've personally studied many wars and many historic battles. I firmly believe war and the history of wars leaves considerable educational lessons behind that we should never be forgetting. I have extensively studied American history from the 1820's-1870's. I drove through the United States in 2016 spending most my time exploring the Southern States in rural areas. I sought out and met my Southern cousins and researched the lineage of my family from one of the few journals outlining Pippin lineage. I personally researched and found out what type of slave owning lineage I derive from and whether that past was different from the ethics of Pippin's that fought for the North. I found the ethics, actions, and beliefs from both the "North" and "South" Pippins to be of a high quality of morals, equality, and advocacy. The admirable traits of resiliency, self sufficiency, empathy, and advocacy for equality trickle through Pippin lineage from the South through the North in the United States, and wound up helping to settle Western Canada. I'm very proud of what I found and learned regarding my family's history, and the experience of visiting the South actually left me with a deeper sense of pride returning home.