Mayor Rawlings’ Task Force on Confederate Monuments should consider if the city of Dallas needs a new name.
U.S. Vice President George Mifflin Dallas is widely seen as the city’s namesake. Among multiple sources that make that claim are the United States Senate and the April 19, 1925 edition of the Dallas Morning News.
Dallas: The Series
Part 1: Will Dallas join the 2017 Great Purge of American History?
Part 2: Who was George Mifflin Dallas in American History?
Part 3: Life of George Mifflin Dallas, Vice President of the United States
Part 4: City of Dallas is named after a Democrat Party politician whose support for the Fugitive Slave Act
Part 5: Dallas praised Pennsylvania’s denunciation of slavery in 1835
Part 6: Will Dallas join the 2017 Great Purge of American History? (Part 6)
Dallas’ political career included serving as: Mayor of Philadelphia, PA, 1828; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1831-1833; U.S. Envoy to Russia, 1837-1839; U.S. Vice President under James. K Polk, 1845-1849; and U.S. Minister to Great Britain, 1856-1861.
Throughout his life, Dallas advocated popular sovereignty based on the U.S. Constitution. While against slavery, he believed each state had the right to decide whether to be free or slave, until the Constitution was amended.
He supported the Fugitive Slave Acts of 1793 and 1850. Regarding the 1850 version, he stated that “in its substance, in its details, in all its features and all its provisions, is in perfect harmony with the Constitution of our country.”
He supported the 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court decision. And, in his diary entry for July 24, 1860, he wrote, “My individual opinion as to the races being unequal in intellect is strong.”
Harriett Beecher Stowe’s book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was the number-one bestselling novel of the 19th Century. Dallas wrote that “she applies her talents to undermine the constitution and degrade the character of her country; she is far worthier of repudiation and banishment than ever was Arnold or Burr.”
While serving as U.S. Minister to Britain, Dallas negotiated the Dallas-Malmesbury Memorandum that stopped the British Navy from halting, searching, and then seizing U.S. flagged ships that carried slaves.
Dallas expressed strong sentiments against the abolitionist movement, and, in 1856, called on others “to struggle for the preservation of the Union against the ‘dissolving view’ of Eastern and Anglican abolitionists.”
Dallas was caught in a conundrum of history, as was his country. While against abolition without an amendment to the Constitution, he was equally against succession. He painfully watched the Union he loved divide in 1861, and did not live to see it reunited. The Constitutional Amendment he thought necessary to end slavery was enacted on December 18, 1865, a year after he died.
As the Mayor’s Task Force on Confederate Monuments deliberates on the future of Confederate monuments in the City of Dallas, it should, also, consider whether or not the city’s name should be changed. If it keeps his name, it owns his history.
The last entry in George Mifflin Dallas’ diary, kept while he was U.S. Minister to Britain, is dated May 1, 1861. He noted President Lincoln’s call for seventy-five thousand volunteers after the fall of Fort Sumter and predicted what states that would join the Confederacy as “sectional hatred achieved its usual consummation, civil war!”
His final entry that day ends with: “All Europe is watching with amazement this terrible tragedy.”
Likewise, much of America is watching with amazement the 2017 Great Purge of American History.
And, if it is to be thorough and honest, the Mayor’s Task Force must examine the history attached to the name of the city – Dallas. If not, its work is mostly an exercise in political expediency.
Since November 2007, Lee Cary has written hundreds of articles for several websites including the American Thinker, and Breitbart’s Big Journalism and Big Government (as “Archy Cary”). His work has been quoted on national television (Sean Hannity) and on nationally syndicated radio (Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin). He is quoted in Jerome Corsi’s book “The Obama Nation,” in Mark Levin’s “Liberty and Tyranny.” His pieces have posted on the Drudge Report and on the website Real Clear Politics. Cary holds a B.S. in Economics from Northern Illinois University, and a Masters and a Doctorate in Theology from the Methodist seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army in Military Intelligence. Cary lives in Texas.Commenting Policy
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