A New Scholarly Resource … Kinda

Those of you interested in the history of the American South, especially as certain white southerners like to remember it, are encouraged to visit this website, sponsored by the Society of Independent Southern Historians.

You might find this introduction informative.

If only the truth can set you free, then that perhaps explains why slavery lasted so long in the South … and why a few Confederate heritage advocates want to remind you that slavery wasn’t all bad.

7 thoughts on “A New Scholarly Resource … Kinda

  1. tmheaney July 19, 2014 / 11:15 pm

    Wow. A Google search of “slave” on the site produces a whopping 20 hits including books by DuBois and Booker T. Washington, a diatribe against Alex Haley, and BOTH “Song of the South” and “Tales of Uncle Remus” — the last two of which are “recommended” by these Independent Historians. (http://goo.gl/zSNmuU) Now that’s real scholarship.

  2. Joshism July 20, 2014 / 6:10 am

    Under “Recommended Movies Concerning History Between 1850 and 1885” (22.03) the site lists “Birth of a Nation”. I guess they still agree with Woodrow Wilson’s (alleged) review of the film “It is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.”

  3. eclapsaddle July 20, 2014 / 7:35 am

    Do they plan on including any recent scholarship??? Don’t bother typing. I know the answer.

  4. Jimmy Dick July 20, 2014 / 9:08 am

    I looked for a list of scholars. I looked for the names of the historians. All I saw was the usual Lost Cause trash. I want to see the “historians” who back the website. I have a feeling the definition of historian is going to be disagreed upon. I did not see any books by James McPherson, William Freehling, William Davis, Gary Gallagher, Bruce Levine, Allen Guelzo, Michael Holt, David Potter, Steven Woodworth, Brooks Simpson, or Eric Foner on their lists of scholarly works either. The whole thing looks like the typical heritage site, started and not finished because it would require actual work.

  5. Jessie Alan Sanford July 22, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    Thanks for the info, sending them $100.00 donation and by the way maybe you should change you blog name to “I hate Southern people” because I don’t see much history here.

    • Brooks D. Simpson July 22, 2014 / 4:22 pm

      It’s good to see you vote with your wallet. Thanks for stopping by. As to why you might not see much history here, I consider who is doing the looking. As I’m essentially posting materials prepared by certain Confederate heritage groups, I concur that there isn’t a lot of history in that material.

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