Stephen D. Lee Institute Flips Emancipation 150

slavery textbookI just came across the schedule for the upcoming meeting of the Stephen D. Lee Institute in St. Augustin, Florida next month.  It should come as no surprise that they decided to focus on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  A quick glance at the titles of the presentations suggests that participants will be getting a very different perspective on the events that culminated with the proclamation as well as its short- and long-term consequences.

  • Donald Livingston — “How the North Failed to Respond to the Moral Challenge of Slavery”
  • Thomas Moore — “The War of Emancipation 150 Years Later: How’s that Working Out for You?”
  • Kirkpatrick Sale — “Emancipation Hell: The Disaster the Emancipation Proclamation Wrought”
  • Marshall De Rosa — “Emancipation in the Confederacy: What the Ruling Class doesn’t want you to know and why”
  • Ryan S. Walters — “The Powers of a Usurper: Northern Opposition to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation”
  • Brion McClanahan — “Democracy, Liberty, Equality: Lincoln’s American Revolution”

You just gotta love these titles.  I do hope that they make these talks available on video, especially De Rosa’s.  There will be a cash bar following the last talk between 4:30 and 6pm.  I suggest they move it up to 8am.

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8 comments… add one
  • Henry Butler Jan 15, 2013 @ 21:35

    Could it be that you fine scholars are not comfortable with a serious discussion of both sides of an issue? What a pathetic, narrow-minded, and illiberal crowd you are.

  • Connie Chastain Jan 8, 2013 @ 15:09

    You suggest they move the cash bar up to 8 a.m.? I suggest you take down your blog….

    • Jazzeum Jan 8, 2013 @ 16:24

      The former is more likely than the latter. Drink early and often. Sounds like it will be mandatory 🙂

  • Brooks D. Simpson Jan 8, 2013 @ 11:18

    “The hotel is the home of the World Golf Hall of Fame and offers two championship golf courses, The King & Bear and The Slammer & Squire, for our attendees who might wish to play a round or two while not attending our lectures.”

    They know their audience.

  • Patrick Young Jan 7, 2013 @ 19:56

    Kirkpatrick Sale? I did not realize he had become an apologist for the League of the South.

    • TFSmith1 Jan 9, 2013 @ 20:12

      Two things:


      Maybe Kevin can get them to cover his travel expenses…

      More seriously, the academics on their “Faculty” page appear to be affiliated with a farily mixed bag of institutions and departments, but is it of concern that they list Ed Bearss? I wasn’t aware that he was of the neo-confederate persuasion…see:

      The rest look like hacks, but I thought Bearss was well-regarded.

      • Kevin Levin Jan 10, 2013 @ 3:27

        I don’t know what his name is doing there. I may be wrong, but I do believe he gave a talk at their annual meeting. Bob Krick has also addressed the organization, but that alone doesn’t mean much.

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