The Problem of Southern Thinking From a Southerner

No, I don’t believe that the views expressed in this video reflect the views of any one section of the country, but I do believe that “Mungo” gets at something interesting. He at least echoes many of the hysterical views expressed in the wake of the W&L Confederate flag controversy and other so-called heritage violations.

[Uploaded to YouTube on January 27, 2014]

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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4 comments… add one
  • Meg Thompson Aug 6, 2014 @ 9:27

    I am reminded of the blowback Mr. Jimmy Carter received when he had the unmitigated gall to even mention that it was a tad upsetting to some folks that a black man had been elected president . . . anyone with a shred of southern in their background knew he was spot on, even if they denied it.

  • Marian Latimer Aug 5, 2014 @ 19:01

    He’s a very wise man and I think he raises very valid points. Thank you for sharing.

  • Meg Thompson Aug 5, 2014 @ 14:39

    Perhaps it takes a Southerner to understand Southern thinking. Thanks for this.

    • Kevin Levin Aug 5, 2014 @ 14:58

      I thought his opening thought about taking to hear a certain narrative of the Civil War and a politics built on fear of the outside was a good one. You can see it at work in Confederate heritage circles.

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