Reckoning with Stephanie McCurry

Stephanie McCurry’s Confederate Reckoning brings together much information in making the case that southern women and slaves helped to bring about the collapse of the Confederacy.

Not everyone agrees with this argument. 

How do you balance external and internal explanations for Confederate defeat?

8 thoughts on “Reckoning with Stephanie McCurry

  1. Al Mackey January 6, 2014 / 10:15 pm

    Maybe someday he’ll respond to the book McCurry actually wrote instead of his mischaracterization of her book.

    • Thelibertylamp January 7, 2014 / 1:11 am

      But, Al, AmRen is such a well respected white supremacist blog, how can he be wrong? *cough* *cough*

      But, seriously, when I clicked the link and found myself on AmRen it was pretty surreal.

      Does Mr. Martin also write for TakiMag and Council of Conservative Citizens? Stormfront?

      Oh lookie, he is quoted in the eloquent white power blog “White Reference” for his standing up for the AmRen white supremacist conference:

      http://whitereference.blogspot.com/2013/04/anti-racist-groups-to-protest-american.html

      What a stand up guy!

  2. James F. Epperson January 7, 2014 / 8:08 am

    I’m thinking I made a good decision to not follow that link.

  3. John Foskett January 7, 2014 / 3:50 pm

    These birds always manage to come up with an interesting perspective on history. For example, there’s this one:

    “She does not accept the idea that slaves were a net plus for the South because their agricultural labor freed many thousands of white men to fight Yankees. Without slaves, these men would have had to stay home and grow the crops the South needed to feed its armies. ”

    Really? When the war began the CSA’s three largest agricultural products/”crops”, and those which were “best suited” for slave labor, were cotton, tobacco, and sugar cane. Even in those isolated “breadbaskets” which did supply food for the Confederate armies, such as the Shenandoah Valley, large slave-utilizing operations were not a factor IIRC. There’s a reason that throughout the war the CSA had difficulty getting enough foodstuffs to its troops. Many of the large slave-owning operations kept their focus on the “cash crops”, notably cotton. But then maybe this guy has a hankering for a good cotton sandwich seasoned with tobacco and spiked with a little sugar.

    • Jimmy Dick January 7, 2014 / 4:59 pm

      You know as well as I do what the problems are here. One is the author is challenging long held assumptions on the unity of the Confederacy. The second is that she is a she. The third is that she teaches at a northern college. The fourth is this book is a bottom up perspective which to conservatives who prefer the great men theory of history is nothing but Marxism. The fifth is that she is not from the US and not from the South and of course to the Lost Causers only a Southerner understands their version of the South (in other words another person who ignores facts that contradict the Lost Cause).

  4. Matt McKeon January 7, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    Jesus, I clicked on that link! Post a warning next time.

  5. Nancy Winkler January 8, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    That post included a quote from Grant extolling the strengths of the Confederacy he had fought. I think he was on the defensive, responding to the deification of R.E Whats-his-name.

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