In light of both these efforts, Ms. Sampson has asked me to publish a petition demanding that the SCV and UDC discontinue the practice of placing a Confederate flag and Iron Cross in front of Silas’s gravestone.
This video has been up on YouTube for a couple of days, but for some reason I didn’t bother to listen. Thanks to Brett for passing it along. He even manages to throw in a reference to black Confederates. I think you are going to enjoy it.
Fifty years ago Americans emerged from the Civil War Centennial with a collective narrative that fit neatly into a pervasive Cold War culture. Though slightly bloodied and bruised this narrative retained strong Lost Cause and reconciliationist themes even as the civil rights movement reminded the nation on a daily basis of the war’s “unfinished business”. Much of this can be explained by the limited numbers of voices that were heard during the centennial years as well as the influence of relatively few historical and cultural institutions. This lent itself to a narrative that emphasized consensus surrounding the fundamental questions of Civil War remembrance.