By Denise De La Tio for CPW News Service
The 1999 publication of a book on the 20th Century discovery of an 1850’s ship wrecked on the California coast has triggered a renaissance in the study of America history and myth. “While Americans have long had a gnawing feeling that their civics and history classes were lacking significant elements, the resurfacing of submerged aspects of American history, some quite obviously submerged by design like the failure to mention General Smedley Darlington Butler and the 1930’s “Business Plotters” in U.S. government and history classes, is causing citizens to question their long cherished mythology,” said Aldo Rey of the John Whey Ng Center for the Reverse Engineering of U.S. History outside of Beaver Spruce, Wyoming. Rey noted that the discovery of the Frolic, an opium clipper built in the same shipyard in Baltimore that employed Fred Bailey who became Frederick Douglass, the noted abolitionist of the 1800’s, supported the growing evidence of a lack of circumspect analysis of U.S. history by leading colleges and universities and the nation’s most celebrated historians. "I'm telling you, Fred Bailey's name change is more significant than that of Lawrence Monsanto Ferling whose Civil War connections to California are not insignificant, any more than the fact that a founder of the NAACP, W.E.B. DuBois, was a Scottish Rite Mason beholding to the unrepentant slaver and chief legal counsel of the KKK, Albert Pike," said author Rolland Spinout.
"You can't have Herman Melville telling his readers that his famous great white whale, Moby Dick, is the white drool of the opium poppy any more than you can have Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman in the film Glory telling their Massachusetts commander that they know that he's from the New England China Traders who are using black troops as a crow-bar to pry the South's fingers off of their own transcontinental railroad ambitions to the Pacific and the Middle East's opium crops. You can't tell American soldiers in Vietnam about the Golden Triangle's place in the Vietnam War and Air America's opium shipments or the troops in Afghanistan what's really at stake. Washington or Freeman telling Ferris Buhler that they're defending his family's sea lanes? That would make Frederick Douglass and his backers little more than lowbrow, back-street dope dealing opportunists and the Civil War a drug war...a dope deal gone really, really bad except for the munitions manufacturers and opium purveyors of whatever color. You sure as hell can't tell Americans that forty of their Union Generals are buried alongside Alphonso Taft in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinatti, the 'New Connecticutt' or of Taft's relationship to the Frolic's owner, Mr. Heard, and his to the Huntington's and Russell's. So, when the myth becomes history, we print the myth," said Rey noting that New England physician Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. coined the term "anesthetics" while his son, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. became a guiding hand on the legal machinery that propped up America's medical and judicial framework. "Heaven knows that anesthetics are a god-send, but sometimes their dark and light dialectic gets out of wack like with the Chinese during the Opium Wars found the Yin, or which ever one is dark, running over the Yang. Whoever sits in the catbird seat of both importing and passing laws to prohibit spins the pinwheel and adjusts it balance" said Rey who is glad that people are raising questions.
"Clinton's rewrite of Franklin Pierce's history is especially disturbing to me," said Rey. "In his speech and questions and answers at Georgetown in 2015 he essentially rewrote U.S. history," Rey asserted (Clinton's Georgetown Speech, CSPAN, 2015, at 1:22:01).
Our best historians, unlike Layton, didn't do the real digging. Shelby Foote told Brian Lamb on Book TV "I consulted no original materials. It's all been gone over before." No, it hasn't and Layton obviously has the archeologist's heart that leaves no stones unturned. The Voyage of the Frolic and Sulfur, Lead and Poppies speak to the place of the opium trade in U.S. history and its influence on U.S. life. Historians Shelby Foote and Frank Vandiver could have unpacked some of these connections even without the publication of Frolics' discovery, but didn't. Layton's book screams out for a fresh, deeper look at the real motive for Civil War. Within a decade of the Frolic's wreck in 1850 the bitter battle over the flatter Southwestern rail route from Savannah to San Diego, California was being fought under the charade of ending slavery....the replacement of metal chains for chemical ones... as evidenced by what the phony "war on drugs" has done to the American poor as it had done to the Chinese poor.
The close pre-Civil War relationship of William T. Sherman to Braxton Bragg is rarely explored by historians, along with Sherman's work in consolidating the San Francisco area ports for the Northern railroad barons before dismantling the South's rail system ambitions and punctuating their victory with the placement of key military bases at San Diego. The abandonment of freed slaves by Sherman at Ebenezer Creek, Sherman's over-the-top, passionate twisting of the rails leading from Atlanta to Savannah and the short period of Reconstruction provide significant evidence of the real motive for war. The South's rail route had been laid out by Jefferson Davis whose Confederate Attorney General, Thomas Bragg, was brother of Braxton for whom the fort and safe anchorage just north of the Point Cabrillo Light House is still named. Suddenly, the enigma of Braxton's inexplicable double mindedness in the Civil War is explained when seen in light of the relationship between Jeff Davis, Franklin Pierce who passionately backed filibusterer William Walker and Boston's leading China Trader and negotiator of the Wanghia Treaty, Caleb Cushing, with Davis' letter at Rice University in Houston providing enough proof of the real motive for Civil War... control of the China trade. Through reading Voyage of the Frolic even the place of Bostonian, George Luther Stearns, the supplier of lead for bullets and a "Secret Six" backer of abolitionist John Brown comes into greater focus alongside Frederick Douglass with another significant builder of "consent for war" personality coming from Alexander Brown's Baltimore: James Hamlet! The first test case in the Fugitive Slave Laws who worked at the Brown's Merchant Shot Tower.
The Middle Eastern opium was picked up in ports like Basra and then in Bombay, home of David Sassoon's opium empire and was shipped by the China traders up the Yangtze and used as bargaining chips in their mercantile ventures in China. The coming U.S. railroad would cut short the trip around the Horn or the trek across the Rockies. Oh, if Frolic could only talk! In Voyage of the Frolic it does! Great read! Thanks Thomas Layton.
Now Clinton is an apologist for the Bush/Pierce legacy? I guess we can't blame him. Walter Lee Brown, Arkansas' premier historian saw Albert Pike as a god-send. Shelby Foote told Bill Moyers "I consulted no original manuscripts. It's all been gone over before." Frank Vandiver sat on the letters of Jefferson Davis to Franklin Pierce for decades and still never admitted the obvious. Ours wasn't a "drift" toward Civil War it was a carefully choreographed drama for profit and abolition of slavery was a ruse when you consider that Davis, Pierce and Cushing....the leading New England Opium trader had their eyes set on bigger prizes.....like those in the Golden Crescent of Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and the Middle East.
Like Frank Vandiver, President Clinton doesn't make the obvious connections for us about our own Civil War when so much was right in front of them for so long. If there is a “smoking gun” on America’s motivation for the Civil War it is the letter from Jefferson Davis to Franklin Pierce dated January 20, 1861 (Jefferson Davis, “The Papers of Jefferson Davis,” The PJD Project of Rice University, retrieved from https://jeffersondavis.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=86 on 7/5/14). It reads:
"When Lincoln comes in he will have but to continue in the path of his predecessor to inaugurate a civil war and, leave a soi dissant democratic administration responsible for the fact. Genl. Cushing was here last week and when we parted it seemed like taking a last leave of a Brother."
This was no "drift". Unless we understand our own history of war how can we possibly understand the policy coup that General Wesley Clark told us was the Neo-Con's agenda in the Middle East? Bill Clinton's subtle management of the storyline told to these minnows will likely bear more guppies ready to gulp the bamboozle like Jim Jone's Cool Aide, but at least Jones drank his own brew. Meanwhile, our media normalizes a fractured earth policy of fossil fuel extraction which will be repeated in the Middle East when easy fossil fuel reserves are more difficult to acquire and as Dubai's new model city sinks like the U.S.A. into the oily shale of history. Our scientists are as shackled as Copernicus and Galileo under the house arrest of the Pope whose church still sits atop the very the system and school that educated Bill Clinton before he went to Oxford where he obviously learned like Foote, Brown, Vandiver and a host of other historians.... to spin myth as history.