Reflections on an Interview

In 2000 the Southern Poverty Law Center interviewed me about neo-Confederate distortions of Civil War history.  The interview came the year before David Blight’s Race and Reunion appeared, and years before blogs became an established part of the scholarly landscape.  I recall that many of the people who seemed to pay the most attention to the piece were folks who espoused the arguments I was challenging.  If you read the piece, you’ll see that several of the themes people argue about today are far from new, and they’ve been contested for some time.

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