John Kelly, the Civil War and the compromise that almost was

The uproar that followed White House chief of staff John Kelly’s comment about the roots of the Civil War stands as Exhibit A of the potential problems that come when an official uses shorthand to talk about the country’s history of slavery. Here is the key excerpt of Kelly’s Oct. 30 interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. Ingraham had brought up the issue of removing statues of Confederate leaders. Kelly said: "It's inconceivable to me that you would take what we think now and apply it back then. I think it's just very, very dangerous. It shows you what … >>More stories from National


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