I received a good deal of feedback in response to my latest piece at The Daily Beast. In it I explore the recent announcement by the SCV that they intend to build a new museum in relationship to their growing alienation from the Museum of the Confederacy.
A number of people were upset by the title of the piece. Let me be clear that I have absolutely no control over the titles and tag lines for my essays. Those decisions are made in house at TDB and have everything to do with maximizing hits. That said, I thought it was clever as a play on the ‘Lost Cause.’ And, of course, SCV are losers in the sense that they celebrate the losing side of a losing cause. Enough said.
I also want it to be clear that I understand the status of the museum given the recent merger with the American Civil War Museum. For the purposes of the essay I wanted to treat the MOC as a separate institution as much as possible given the focus of the exhibits in the Richmond branch, which I visited this past summer.