This Civil War Buff Has Not Been Disappointed

Civil War Culture, Civil War Sesquicentennial
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Did You Buy Your Toy Soldiers?

As we get closer to April 2015 we will begin to read even more in the way of assessment of the sesquicentennial. The problem with these observations thus far, including this article by Wall Street Journal reporter Cameron McWhirter, is that they take a much too narrow approach to measuring the scope of what has taken place over the past few years and how it will likely impact how Americans will  learn about the Civil War in the future. I spent 30 minutes on the phone with Mr. McWhirter, but unfortunately, nothing that I shared made it into the published version. [click to continue…]

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Why Doesn’t the SCV Find This Offensive?

Civil War Culture, Civil War Sesquicentennial

You would think that the Sons of Confederate Veterans would issue a clear statement condemning the way in which these Waldron High School teens have chosen to display the flag. I particularly appreciate the respect shown for the rich heritage associated with this flag by flying it from the back of a pick-up truck while off-road driving. The mud adds a nice touch to the flag. The Confederate soldier certainly appreciates these kids taking the time to remember their sacrifice.

Yep, the future of Southern/Confederate heritage is in good hands.

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Remembering and Forgetting at Walpole High School

Civil Rights History, Civil War Culture, Memory
March in Selma, Alabama (March 21, 1965)

March in Selma, Alabama (March 21, 1965)

This morning I received an email from a student at Walpole High School, who read my last post on the Confederate flag. His email and my response follow. [click to continue…]

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Walpole High School’s Confederate Past

Civil War Culture, Memory

Next month I am scheduled to give a talk in Walpole, Massachusetts as part of their Civil War 150 commemoration. In my discussion with the event organizer I was reminded of a story I read a few years ago about a resident who lives next to the high school’s football field and displays a large Confederate flag facing the campus. The story is not just about this neighbor’s flag, but about the school’s own use of the Confederate flag and other symbols. [click to continue…]

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No Confederate History Month in Virginia in 2014

Civil War Culture, Civil War Sesquicentennial, Memory

Looks like I was wrong. Dem. Governor Terry McAuliffe has no plans to issue a proclamation recognizing April as Confederate History Month. My guess is that the vast majority of Virginians will not lose any sleep over this decision.

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