News and Notes, March 31, 2013

And so we come to the end of the first quarter of the new year, but here are a few things worth reading (or watching):

  • Want to read an interesting essay on Confederate multiculturalism? Here you go.
  • Want to hear Ethan Rafuse on Stonewall Jackson? Go here.
  • Want to read about another Confederate flag debate? Go here.
  • Want to read an interview about Vortex of Hell? Go here.
  • Want to complicate your view of the future of Civil War history (or The Future of Civil War History)? Go here and here.

3 thoughts on “News and Notes, March 31, 2013

  1. Lyle Smith March 31, 2013 / 9:00 am

    The Reason article is apt. I like the comparison made between a radical, cultural Left academic and League of the South members. They’re both culturally totalitarian in their world view. Neither seem to understand human diversity very well. That said, in the United States at least, we are burdened with tolerating both sets of people and their thinking.

    On the Confederate battle flag exhibit in North Carolina I actually think the North Carolina government should have stood up to the NAACP protest. Maybe it wouldn’t be good politics for this Republican governor to do such a thing, but I think the history of the Confederacy should be remembered and not forgotten. And I think the NAACP should come to embrace such exhibits as good education. Yes, slavery and the Confederacy were ugly, but it’s North Carolina’s history and the NAACP’s own history too. Embrace it I say and turn it into a learning experience for all people.

    • Brooks D. Simpson March 31, 2013 / 9:06 am

      It seemed to me that this was a case where the Confederate flag was being displayed as part of history, and that its presence offered an opportunity for education and discussion. Context is always important.

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