I think one reason that I sounds a bit frustrated about responding to yesterday’s topic is that I’ve already responded to observations similar to those made by Gary Gallagher and Peter Carmichael. Ironically, that, too reminds me of the pattern of some of the debates over the Black Confederate Myth (BCM … we still struggle over an appropriately descriptive label).
Here are those posts:
1. This post, appearing on June 18, 2011, outlined the debate and the criticism leveled by one professional historian who thought that to respond to the issue was to give it credibility.
2. This post, appearing on June 20, 2011, looked at the obligations of professional historians and suggested how to address the BCM.
3. This post, also appearing on June 20, 2011, addressed several comments, including one made by a fellow professional.
Now that we’ve gone around the cycle again, it will be interesting to see whether there’s a third time.