I want to thank Sean Munger for his kind words about this blog.
Most Fun-But-Controversial Blog: Crossroads
Crossroads is a history blog that focuses mostly on the 19th century and particularly the Civil War (and its long aftermath). Run by ASU history professor Brooks D. Simpson, I confess that I’ve gotten the most enjoyment out of Crossroads by reading its frequent corrections, call-outs and exposures of the appallingly bad behavior of neo-Confederate apologists in the South. You know, those people who think slavery wasn’t so bad and who write bad novels about heroic defenders of “Confederate heritage” against all those liberal Yankee haters. Dr. Simpson gives historical distortionists what-for in a highly entertaining and informative way. Easily the most addictive series on this blog is the lengthy saga of the “Virginia flaggers,” a bumbling group of Keystone Kops-like neo-Confederates who made a big fuss about putting up a Confederate flag on a Virginia highway whilst attempting (badly) to conceal that their group was rife with Neo-Nazis, race-baiters and white supremacists. Crossroads naturally attracts a lot of static in the comments, but it’s a fun blog to read, and it’s great to see a real historian setting the record straight on those who would twist historical truth to suit their own ends.
Fun but controversial … that’s me. 🙂