An Interesting Question: Where Would You Deploy Black Confederate Regiments?

One of the most amusing claims offered by folks who insist that a good number of African Americans served willingly in the ranks of the Confederate military is the assertion that the Confederate army was an integrated force, in contrast to the use of black soldiers by the Union army, where they were in segregated units.  Of course, given that the officers were white in Union regiments, that would make them integrated, too, by such standards, but I won’t hold my friends who embrace the notion of thousands of black Confederate soldiers to standards of consistent logic, standards, and definitions.  Nor will I ask these folks who tell me all about Confederate heritage about what happened to this legacy of integration after the war, although you would think that as committed as they were to integration, white Confederates would make sure that commitment to their fellow black Confederates would persist after the end of the war.  Someone will have to explain why this wasn’t the case.

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You Tube’s Ulysses S. Grant

One way to tap into how popular culture views famous people is to take a glance at You Tube.  As an example, we can look at some of the more creative takes on Ulysses S. Grant that people have decided to share on You Tube, sometimes as the result of school assignments.

Who can forget this rather classic take on Grant, the first of a series that has gotten attention on other blogs?  A second video builds on the theme of the first video.  It is rumored that the second video is addressed to Grant’s biographers, but we know that’s not true, because Grant didn’t like swords.

And for those of you who know Grant did not ride a scooter, how about this?  Talk about a DUI on GTA.

I’ve always been intrigued by how they make videos.  This cured me.

This helps explain Grant’s money problems.  For those with more traditional tastes, there’s this.  And then we see how some people explain the Lincoln-Grant relationship.

Then again, some of these assignments are not quite so successful, for reasons as various as they are obvious.

No wonder Grant said that there were only two tunes he recognized: one was Yankee Doodle, and the other wasn’t.

Proud to Be a Southern Confederate American? Then Show It!

Have you always wanted to be known as a Southern Confederate American?  Do you mourn the fact that somehow you cannot join the Sons of Confederate Veterans or the Daughters of the Confederacy as a full member?  Well, folks, I have the answer right here.  The Southern Legal Resource Center wants you to assist in its mission of creating a separate census category of “Southern Confederate American.”

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A Multicultural Confederacy Embracing Diversity?

In my world, “diversity” and “multiculturalism” are terms invoked at various times in support of various policies and programs usually deemed to cater to what some people call “political correctness.”  My own view is that people walk a tightrope between issues of identity, multiculturalism, and diversity all the time, and I’m much more interested in people who live their lives embracing such notions than in talking about them.  In short, I’m well aware of the uses and abuses of these terms as deployed in the world around me, and I wonder about the sincerity or commitment of some of the people who seem eager to inject them at every opportunity, even as I see that there’s much to be learned and valued from incorporating the merits of these concepts into one’s own life and approach to living.

I offer this as background to bringing up a topic that is a cause of amusement and bemusement for me: the claim that the Confederacy was a multicultural experience and that it embraced diversity.

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