A Public Service Reminder

As we begin the new school year I strongly encourage school administrators to think carefully about who they bring in from the outside to educate their students.  Case in point.  This past May the Major George B. Erath 2679, United Daughters of the Confederacy, presented a program to Dublin 8th graders about Texas in “The War Between the States.”  They actually ask the kids to sing “Dixie” at the end of the presentation.  Our kids deserve better.  On the other hand I appreciate the fact that this school is reaching out to its senior citizen community.  All the research shows that it is crucial that regular physical and mental activity is essential to maintaining one’s overall health as we get older.

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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10 comments… add one
  • Sherree Sep 6, 2011 @ 5:26

    LOL, Kevin……………

    As TNC said in another,(yet similar context, somehow) …..”Oh my people…..” Not.

    These must be Andy’s people. 🙂

    Time to take a break again from ACW blogs. I couldn’t make it past 1:01 minutes of this video.

    (I was reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man a couple of days ago, and turned on the TV, then saw the flap about the Lexington flag controversy, and KNEW you were blogging about it, so pulled up your blog and before I knew it began to hit submit again.)

    As always, Kevin, your blog is educational, informative and entertaining, I enjoyed your short, extemporaneous description of the cafe in which you do some of your work, as well as the content of your post.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 6, 2011 @ 5:28

      You always know where to find me, Sherree. Nice to hear from you. 🙂

    • Andy Hall Sep 6, 2011 @ 5:49

      Yes, my people. Have I ever introduced you to Cousin Katie?


      Hon. P. P. Paddock by unanimous consent offered the following resolution:

      “Whereas Gen. Bennett H. Young, Commander of the United Confederate Veterans Association of the South, has honored Texas and honored one of the most worthy women of the State, who has given unstintedly of her time and talents to the interests of the Confederate veterans, one of the United Daughters of the Confederacy whom we all delight to love and honor, Miss Kate Daffan, with the position of sponsor for the South at the Reunion of Confederate Veterans at Chattanooga, which position she will grace and honor and do credit to our State; therefore be it

      Resolved. That in behalf of the people of the State in general and the Confederate veterans in particular the House of Representatives of the Thirty-Third Legislature tender
      General Young our sincere thanks for this distinguished honor conferred upon Miss Daffan.”

      • Sherree Sep 6, 2011 @ 8:05

        Fascinating, Andy. Thanks for the link.

        I find it especially interesting that a poem that is termed a “tribute” to John Wilkes Booth is included in this issue of the magazine, yet the sentiments expressed in the poem are denounced in the introduction to the poem. (the poem was not written by Kate Daffan)

        I love Texas, btw, Andy.

        • Andy Hall Sep 6, 2011 @ 8:33

          Kevin would have loved Cou’n Katie, as she was known in the family. (To my mother, in her childhood, Katie was a fun, “Auntie Mame” sort of character, always up for some eccentric, not-quite-proper adventure.)At the very least, Kevin would have found her a fine source of blogging material. In addition to being a big wheel in the UDC, and being Superintendent of the Confederate Women’s Home in Austin, and Secretary of the Hood’s Texas Brigade Association, she also wrote textbooks used in public schools.

          • Kevin Levin Sep 6, 2011 @ 8:37

            Definitely my kind of woman. 🙂 Thanks, Andy.

          • Ray O'Hara Sep 6, 2011 @ 8:44

            I bookmarked that. thanks for the link.
            It does look like a fun book.
            the type of book I’d have read when I was a kid.

          • Sherree Sep 6, 2011 @ 12:34

            Wow, Andy. I bookmarked the book, too, and will read it as I get the chance. Maybe you got the idea to be an historian from your cousin Kate?

            (I was just kidding in my original comment, as I know you know. I actually had no idea. How truly fascinating, and what depth this one detail adds to an understanding of your journey! Thanks for sharing)

            • Ray O'Hara Sep 6, 2011 @ 16:08

              go to the 15 minutes of glory chapter. it is so over the top it’s great.

              • TF Smith Sep 6, 2011 @ 19:43

                Andy –

                We are not worthy; Miss Daffan’s work is quite something…

                Thanks for sharing.


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