14 thoughts on “James Loewen Calls Out James McPherson

  1. James F. Epperson July 31, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    The valid criticism is that McPherson’s name is on a book as part of the author team, and he doesn’t appear to know much about the book’s contents. Loewen does not appear to appreciate the possibility that the publisher edited the text—quite possibly w/o consulting the authors—to maximize its adoptability. If that is what happened, and I were one of the authors, I would be very upset about it, and would work to get it changed. McPherson appears not to care, which I find troubling. Loewen seems to be channeling his inner Ed Sebesta in that article, which I also find troubling.

  2. OhioGuy July 31, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    Interesting. It certainly does look like McPherson may have lent his name to this publication without much actual hands-on control — at least in recent editions. I’ll bet after this exchange the next edition will be less Confederate-friendly. 😉

  3. Jimmy Dick July 31, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    You can print whatever you want in a textbook. It really does not matter in the end. It will come down to the instructor almost every time.

  4. John Foskett July 31, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Hmmm. Has Dimitri seen this? The turf seems familiar….

  5. Noma July 31, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    Still wondering how much influence the Daughters of the Confederacy have had on the criteria for textbook selection — note the section on “teach the truths of history”

    Possibly McPherson’s original text did not meet the UDC standards for “truth”:


    Because we desire to perpetuate, in love and honor, the heroic deeds of those enlisted in the Confederate Services, and upheld its flag through four years of war, we, the children of the South, have united in an organization called the “Children of the Confederacy,” in which our strength, enthusiasm and love of justice can exert its influence.

    We, therfore pledge ourselves to preserve pure ideals; to honor the memory of our beloved Veterans;

    to study and teach the truths of history (one of the most important of which is, that the War Between the States was not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery),

    and always to act in a manner that will reflect honor upon our noble and patriotic ancestors…

    • OhioGuy July 31, 2015 / 5:38 pm

      Is that STILL the current creed of the UDC? If so, they’re badly in need of reconstruction! 🙂

      • Noma August 1, 2015 / 1:01 pm

        Well, as a matter of fact, I discovered that creed on June 23, 2015 on this page:


        However, on June 28, 2015, when I returned to see what else was on that page, I got a “page not found.”

        But I did find a new link (using the same graphic):


        So, it’s pretty recent. But possibly it changed in July 2015. Does that mean that the lying textbooks of the South will be replaced?

        • OhioGuy August 1, 2015 / 3:25 pm

          Problem is for many years the southern lies about the war were in northern textbooks as well. As has been said, the South lost the war but won the post-war public relations campaign. It’s really an intriguing story of intrigue and a vast Confedrate conspiracy. Fortunately, this century-long misinformation campaign is now unraveling before our very eyes.

    • neukomment July 31, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      “Children of the South”. Only they and no one else are “children of the south”? Did Connie write this? #justaskn

      • bob carey August 1, 2015 / 5:55 am

        I seem to recall an article that was written a couple of years back which stated that the State of Texas has an inordinate amount of power in the choosing of textbooks for the elementary and secondary levels of education. The article stated that because of the size of the Texas educational system and the timing of placing the actual orders, publishers would placate the views of the Texas State Educational Board as to context. I believe that article was more concerned about evolution vs. creationism than American history but the argument could be applied to both.

        • John Foskett August 2, 2015 / 7:43 am

          Bob: Correct. My sister has worked for a large textbook publisher and she was appalled at the amount of control these ignorant people have over content in Texas.

          • bob carey August 2, 2015 / 2:30 pm

            John: I recall that the gist of the article was concerned about the influence that the Texas State Education Board had over textbooks on a national level,

  6. Sandi Saunders August 1, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    The importance of history being told and taught correctly is beyond critical to any free nation claiming a heritage and honor. The PC versions of the Civil War have helped romanticize and ennoble the Confederacy and the most tragic political fight this nation has ever had. As a southerner, it disturbs me and for our future it frightens me. This needs desperately to be called out and fought and I am glad to see someone do so.

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