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Yeah! If we slaughter them all to the last literate man and woman they wouldn't be able to write anything!

Wrong answer. Reconstruction and its forced failure saw the losing traitors restored to power. And with gerrymandered districts and unpopular electoral-college wins, we install losers in power in the US. That works pretty good, sure-nuff.
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Wrong answer.
Seriously? There was a right answer to "Why do we let the losers write history?"?
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Let me broaden the question here: How many AMERICAN writers, poets or thinkers had critical or popular acclaim in England or Europe before 1861? The answer is, maybe four total, and one of them--who had spent the bulk of his adult life and the whole of his childhood in Richmond and Baltimore--was Edgar Allan Poe. You want to paint the antebellum South as a cultural empty glass? The rest of the country was in about the same shape.
Oddly for a man who spent "the whole of his childhood in Richmond and Baltimore", Poe was born in Boston and was in Scotland and England from 1815-1820, attending several different schools there.
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Seriously? There was a right answer to "Why do we let the losers write history?"?
Try this:

Because the winners eventually didn't care that they'd won. Southern traitors seceded for slavery; that's in the secession documents. The United States defaulted to fight to end slavery, and wrote that into the Constitution, but then quit enforcing rights for blacks. White northerners thus thought white traitors smelled better than black citizens.

The winners forgave the losers and didn't bother truthifying; c.f the destruction of Reconstruction. The losers got to lie all they wanted. We see how well that's worked out.
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