Last week I was honored to be part of the Lincoln Legacy Lectures at the University of Illinois Springfield. Allen Guelzo and I spoke on aspects of Lincoln and Reconstruction … well, except for the fact that Allen was under the weather, and so our host, Michael Burlingame, read Allen’s paper. Anyway, here it is.
I think I heard Neo-Confederates. Shame. Shame. Shame.
Dr. Simpson — The better Cub counter-factual would be Gonzalez not booting the tailor made double play ball post-Bartman. And yes, I know that Jeter would have turned that DP and hit a grand slam at the same time 🙂
I agree that to place all the blame on a fan is unfair. But this was Illinois, and both the Cubs and Cards fans there like to see it that way … or at least most of them do.
Very interesting talk. The fact that you mentioned Northern racism as a contributing factor to the shortcomings of reconstruction shows you presented the facts in an unbiased manner. I doubt very much that your neo-confederate critics will mention this. Then again they would have to devout 2 hours of their time in trying to learn something. Good job.
Somebody has a new book out:
“Reconstruction: Voices from America’s First Great Struggle for Racial Equality”
I’ll have to pick up a copy.