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  • Steven Universe:Is a show all about love and redemption. Makes it very clear how even good people can do bad things, and how that doesn't make them a "bad" person. Every character has done something wrong at some point, but it's okay because people make mistakes and they can learn from it.
  • Half the fandom:THIS CHARACTER IS HORRIBLE AND EVIL THEY ARE AN ABUSER AND SHOULD DIE IN A FIRE
  • Other half of the fandom:THEY ARE A PURE CINNAMON ROLL WHO HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING WRONG

Could a person who had sworn an oath to the Confederacy later loyally serve the United States? One hundred and fifty years ago, the U.S. Senate wrestled with this question for the first time. 

When states from the defeated Confederacy were readmitted to the Union, some of those elected to Congress were the same people who had served the Confederate government or the governments of the seceded states. Citizens and government officials alike asked how these men could be trusted to serve the Union that they had so recently fought against.

One tool for judging the loyalty of potential office holders was the Ironclad Oath of 1862, a law passed by Congress during the Civil War to deter sabotage by Confederate sympathizers. The Ironclad Oath required that any federal officeholder (members of Congress were added in 1864) swear that he had never served a government in hostility to the United States.

Read more about the Iron Clad Oath on Prologue: Pieces of History