Crossroads Greatest Hits: What’s a Scholar to Do?

Several years have passed since the topic of blacks in Confederate military service was a hot button to push on blogs (it really isn’t any more, although some people are slow to grasp that). Whether one speaks of Confederate slaves or the Black Confederate Myth (or its close cousin, the Myth of the black Confederate) is a matter left to others. Whether professional historians needed to inject themselves in such arguments was nearly as heated a topic as the argument itself. I offered my opinions here and here … and then responded again here. Good times, eh?

Crossroads Greatest Hits: The 15th Amendment

In April 2011 I built on my previous posts concerning Republicans and race in the North to offer a reminder of why they advocated the Fifteenth Amendment, as you can see here.

All too often we hear rather simple descriptions of North and South, especially when it comes to political perspectives. It’s the internal divisions within each section that did as much to determine the outcome of events as it was the divisions between the sections.