Have These Battles Been Won? Really?

During the session on blogging at the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College last June, moderator Peter Carmichael claimed that certain interpretive battles concerning the Civil War had been won: I suggested otherwise.

In truth, I would have liked to have had a discussion defining these battles, outlining what they were over, what contending parties believes (there may well be more than two answers), who “won,” how, and why.

Several news stories this past week about the historical opinions of various officeholders suggest that certain battles are far from over, and that we might err in rushing to declare who won.

Ask Arkansas state legislator Jon Hubbard about slavery, and he might well tell you it was a blessing for the enslaved, even if it was “a blessing in disguise.”

Or take the views of fellow Arkansas state representative Loy Mauch, who seems quite comfortable with the Confederacy, denounces Lincoln as a Nazi, and embraces the League of the South (I wonder if he makes public his desire for southern independence). Mauch also reportedly defends slavery.

The war for Civil War memory continues.

6 thoughts on “Have These Battles Been Won? Really?

  1. Jerry Desko October 8, 2012 / 5:19 pm

    To become an elected official, you need not know anything about history or even possess common sense of a modicum of human decency. Both Mr. Hubbard and Mr. Mauch are ignorant idiots besides being blatant racists. If the people of Arkansas leave them in office what does that say about them as human beings?

    The lack of studying history in a serious manner leaves one with the impression that the loss of over 600,000 Americans was meaningless.

    To learn a lesson both officials should suffer the horror of slavery in their own families. Maybe that will turn the light bulb on in their heads. I would be ashamed if they represented me in any legislature in the world.

    BUT, they are not alone, millions of people are still Nazi’s, committed Joe Stalin and Mao Communists and autocratic leaders of countries from South America to the Middle East. It is called the human condition. We will always have war and we will always have politicians that are one step away from being dictators.

    It is up to the electorate to insure moronic idiots like Mauch and Hubbard are thrown out of office ASAP. However, the elected officials only represent the voting populous. It is a sad commentary on today’s society.

    And so it goes.

    • Francis Gallo October 9, 2012 / 6:45 pm

      Anyone interested in developing their incites into the modern day politics of the Southern states would do well to visit the web site of the Southern National Congress http://southernnationalcongress.org/
      This was an eyeopener to me. Not only do these good people speak eloquently and convincingly of their position, but do so in a way that would have the widest appeal to an audience bereft of the historical knowledge with which to discern the laudable from the impeachable. What I like best (and it summarizes to a nicety the taint of naivety which pervades this video) is old “Doc’s” tag on his shirt. Loud Pipes Save Lives. Well, I got news for you, Doc. When I hear loud pipes on a motorcycle, the last thing I think about is saving lives.

  2. Bill Newcomer October 8, 2012 / 6:19 pm

    …and then there are people that deny the Holocaust…. Sad…. Really sad……….

    • michael confoy October 8, 2012 / 6:48 pm

      I agree. Are there any tenured historians (not economics professors) at reputable universities that believe such things today?

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