I had a feeling that McWhiney’s death would re-kindle the controversies surrounding some of his more suspect historical theories. There is a thread on H-South which addresses the appropriateness of any serious critique of McWhiney’s views so close on the heels of his death. Unfortunately, the participants in this discussion don’t really get beyond petty bickering to a serious discussion except for Jim Loewen and Edward Sebesta. Start here with the reprinted obituary from the Chicago Tribune and then click here for May’s strand and scroll down to the bottom for the first entry. No doubt this discussion thread will soon grow sufficiently nauseating as most threads have in recent months. Has anyone else noticed the deteriorating quality of the posts on these listserves?