This short film follows two students at the University of Mississippi in the wake of the decision to discontinue the playing of “The South Will Rise Again” at the end of football games. It offers some insight into the racial and generational divide at the university over the continuation of some of its more controversial traditions.
Richard Williams believes that I run a pro-Union blog, which I assume stands in contrast with a pro-Confederate blog. It’s kind of funny to be labeled in a way that suggests that I am somehow still fighting the war. On the other hand, I do not claim objectivity when it comes to this history. Who could possibly do so given the issues involved and the scale of violence and destruction wrought. No, I do not believe that the Union was wholly good and the Confederacy evil – that would be to apply an overly simplistic moral formula to a very complex subject.
So, if you have any doubt as to where I stand let me lay it out for you on a fourth-grade level:
- I do not believe that secession was justified given the reasons presented. [I am speaking specifically of the lower South states.]
- I also do not believe that secession was constitutional.
- Abraham Lincoln was justified in using military force to suppress the rebellion of the southern states.
- Lincoln and Congress were justified in going against slavery as a means to save the Union.
- The abolition of slavery was a good thing for the entire nation.
- The preservation of the Union was a good thing for the entire nation. [The right side won the war.]
- The outcome of the war placed this country on track to becoming the leader of the free world.
I was born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey. I was not raised on a pro-Confederate or pro-Union interpretation of the war; in fact, I don’t remember learning anything about the Civil War until I was well into my 20s. If what I listed above makes me pro-Union than so be it. It seems to me to be a pretty mainstream/uncontroversial view.
Rather than a pro-Union blog I prefer to see it as a pro-America blog. Enjoy the increased traffic today, Richard.
Just wanted to give those of you in the Boston area and beyond a heads-up as to where I will be speaking in the next few months. It should come as no surprise that most of these talks will be about my Crater book. I will have books with me and am more than happy to personalize your copy. Luckily, my schedule is still flexible enough that I can add dates if interested so please feel free to contact me.
I am also happy to talk with your group via the Internet. Over the past few years I’ve visited a number of high school and college courses to talk about various topics related to blogging as well as my research. Below is an example of a Skype discussion that I did two years ago with an American Studies class at Skidmore College. The professor assigned my blog as part of their reading and after a week of talking back and forth in the comments section we got together to chat live. I had a blast.
It’s a slow day here at Civil War Memory. For your consideration and amusement:
There needs to be a new organization. This new organization should not be based on blood, and ancestry. And, it need not be all male, or female. It does however need to be Christian, and it needs to be committed to vindicate the Cause, where the Cause is defined by the Confederate Constitution, minus those aspects which defend slavery. The South had and has much to offer in terms of ideas and concepts for governing America. The supreme sovereignty of the individual state, the meaning of republic, the original meanings to the words of the Constitution all are applicable to today’s world.
This new organization, Patriots of the Confederacy, Inc. should not be a not – for – profit and should not be intimidated or controlled by the government. Membership should be based on the spirit of the prospective member. The prospective member should be Christian or Jewish and practicing their faith. The prospective member should be required to take a written examination to demonstrate knowledge of what they will be committing too. This knowledge should be focused on the C.S. Constitution, the writings of Jefferson Davis and the lives of R. E. Lee, Stonewall and others. And it should include questions about the Charge. Further, the prospective member should demonstrate an understanding that this is not about history, it’s about America today, and how we can improve the condition of a nation by reintroducing the ideas which were at the heart of this nation when it was conceived.
The floor is yours.