Past and Present in Civil War Memory

This recent posting from the gift that keeps on giving shows how some folks connect their understanding of the past with their present political preferences. Look at this image:

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… and then the ensuing comments:

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Those who do not learn their history are doomed, or something like that.

9 thoughts on “Past and Present in Civil War Memory

  1. Michael Confoy August 7, 2013 / 8:53 am

    They never get to the main state right the war was over — the unrestricted right to own and sell slaves.

  2. Will Hickox August 7, 2013 / 9:18 am

    I was all set to scoff at this, but then the ominous ellipses at the end and the commenter’s sad emoticon convinced me.

  3. John Randolph August 7, 2013 / 9:34 am

    Oh, brother. “Please learn your history …” really means please accept as historical fact the same nonsense that I have swallowed without so much as one moment of critical thought.

  4. Jimmy Dick August 7, 2013 / 10:32 am

    More ignorance from her? It would be nice if someone sat down and explained to these people that state’s rights is the doctrine of whatever party is not in power. Apparently what went on from 2001-2009 during the Bush Administration is completely forgotten. If they would look at American political history instead of just the spots they want to select and fit in with their ideology they would actually learn some history.

    You want to really put a crimp in their statement? Ask them what state’s rights they were allegedly seceding over. Tell them they have to be specific and show where that state right was discussed in 1860-1861.

    Cue the crickets and wait for the tariff to be brought up which would be hilarious because history shows that the tariff was not the issue, nor was it ever considered to be state’s rights issue by anyone in 1860-1861 or for that matter clear back to 1787.

  5. Jimmy Dick August 7, 2013 / 12:57 pm

    I kind of like how the neo-confederates are falling apart as their own extremists are pushing out folks like Chastain in favor of their white supremacist ideology. Courtesy of Warren Throckmorton, here is Connie’s Monday blog.

    It says a lot when the League of the South expels people for not being racist enough.

  6. Will Hickox August 7, 2013 / 1:18 pm

    “the War Between The States took place even when 13 states stood united against the Federal government and said *No more, good-bye! … and there weren’t many more states at that point, that was roughly half the union at that point!”

    Someone get this fellow a map of the Union and the Confederacy, stat!

  7. Barky August 8, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    In all seriousness, I find this sad. When you’re such a fan of “your own side” to such an extent that you disregard any facts that paint that side in a negative light, you are a) intentionally allowing yourself to remain ignorant; and b) are not opening up “your side” to the learning experience that comes from failure.

    No one, and no movement, has ever been perfect. People, and movements, grow by understanding and correcting their failures. When you cover up your failures (or worse, convince yourself they don’t exist), you’ll never grow.

    It’s a horrible character flaw.

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