Here is some more video from the new documentary, Southern Belle. In this segment historians respond to the attempt on the part of the organizers to remove any discussion of slavery from their program. They address the following question: Why would the “yeoman” farmer go to war with no dog in the Civil War fight? The list of historians interviewed includes, R. Blakeslee Gilpin, Assistant Professor of History, University of South Carolina; Carroll Van West, Director, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area; Tara McPherson, Professor of Critical Studies, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and Stan Deaton, Director, Georgia Historical Society. Additional films can be viewed on the documentary’s website.
In light of a series of posts written by Brooks Simpson (see here and here) I assume that it is appropriate for the historians featured in this video to respond to what is clearly a distorted and even dangerous interpretation of the past. Those two posts stemmed from the following comment. I see absolutely no difference between the advisory services provided by these historians and the commentary from those serious and not so serious historians, who are concerned about the implications and spread of the black Confederate myth.