Check out the excellent video that Caitlin, from Vast Public Indifference, put together in response to one of my recent posts on Civil War art. Caitlin’s commentary begins around 2:10. The video is here, but I encourage you to read her full post, which includes another video. Does anyone really believe that the images in this video reflect how white Virginians lived? More to the point, do people who fall into the demographic of those who are attracted to this “maudlin crapfest” actually believe that this reflects how they would have lived in antebellum Virginia? Even a cursory understanding of Virginia’s antebellum history demonstrates that many believed the commonwealth was headed in the wrong direction [click here and here]. Can we do no better than yearn for a return to a time when slavery was accepted? Such nostalgic silliness is nothing less than a yearning to return to slavery.
I am going to show this to my Civil War Memory class tomorrow. They are currently working on their final projects and a number of them are putting together videos from our trip to Richmond as well as collections of various images related to memory. Well done, Caitlin.
Update: Check out the obligatory response from Richard Williams who can’t think of anything more interesting to say other than to accuse us of South bashing [blah, blah, blah]. Do you really find the history of the Confederacy and the antebellum South in these images? Scary and just a little disturbing – no offense.