It’s not easy having to face the constant taunting and hate-filled messages, which suggest that I am somehow “anti-Southern” or out to attack Southern history and culture. Even after moving to the beautiful city of Boston much of what I love to read about relates to the rich history of the American South. Right now I am in the middle of Adam Arenson’s new study of St. Louis, The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War (Harvard University Press, 2011).
So, just in case you doubt my commitment I am displaying the following banner for the remainder of the day. I am confident that I am following the rules governing its display:
Permission is not granted to use these badges on blogs or websites that would bring dishonor to the South, or to Southerners and their history, heritage and culture, or to use them in any other dishonorable manner.
Of course, I know my regular readers have not lost faith that I’ve lost my way, but I guess this has created some amount of self-doubt.