The Memphis Massacre of 1866: A Conference Blog

Readers of this blog will recall that not long ago I mentioned the Memphis Massacre of 1866 (also known as the Memphis Riot of 1866, although the reasons for the renaming are of interest) in examining a rather badly-flawed attempt to discuss the event and its implications.

It seems only right and proper to direct you now to a blog bringing together and reporting on the results of a recent conference on the event. Click here to go there. I guarantee you’ll learn something.

I think this is a wonderful way to share the scholarship presented at a conference by people who know what they are talking about, and I believe more conferences should follow suit.

5 thoughts on “The Memphis Massacre of 1866: A Conference Blog

  1. rcocean May 25, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Hannah Rosen ” Race, Gender, and Sexual Violence during the Memphis Massacre”

    What nothing about Homophobia?

    • Brooks D. Simpson May 27, 2016 / 3:39 pm

      Do you have a point to make here? Or maybe you’re the one who’s sensitive about these issues for fear you might be thought of as intolerant.

      If all you’re going to do is make caustic remarks, then your time will be better spent elsewhere. So explain your comment.

  2. rcocean May 28, 2016 / 6:41 am

    I’m puzzled by the exclusion of Homophobia from a discussion of the Memphis Riots. After all, since Ms. Rosen views everything from the prism of a 2016 Leftist, why leave that issue off the table? Our favorite “historian” Doris Kearns Goodwin was able to include Gay Rights in her 2013 discussion of Gettysburg. Ms. Rosen needs to be more inclusive.

    As for my time being spent elsewhere, I enjoy reading your blog. Its very informative.

    • Brooks D. Simpson May 28, 2016 / 10:16 am

      Well, we leave it to your expertise to describe the issue that so concerns you.

      I didn’t know that rape was simply a leftist issue. I thought it was an issue of violence. After all, I hear all the time about rape and Sherman’s marches. Is it leftist to look at rape and violence against black women by white supremacists?

      I’m also trying to figure out what other perspectives there might be and how they would view rape differently or perhaps even as acceptable. After all, it seems it’s acceptable to some supporters of Confederate heritage for people in the case of the Louisville Confederate monument removal debagte to threaten violence against an African-American professor who advocates that statue’s removal. Why other supporters of Confederate heritage don’t rebuke those people but remain silent reminds me of how many white southerners tolerated violence against blacks and their allies.

  3. Susan O'Donovan June 1, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Brooks, thank you for your endorsement of the Memphis Massacre project and our capstone symposium. We’re also hoping that more communities and conferences follow our example. Please feel free to chime in on our blog. We will welcome you!

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