12 November 2008
Yes, Same Ole, Same Ole
Why is Confederate CW art (especially depictions of Christianity) so often the subject of Civil War historical artists?
Because it has a market. It really is that simple.
Why don't we as often see Union soldiers depicted in prayer or other Christian images associated with the Union?
Because it doesn't have a market. It really is that simple.
Why doesn't it have a market?
Could it have anything to do with reality and the historical record? Yes. Many of the mockers have obviously spent little time studying the theological and cultural differences between the South and North leading up to the Civil War and many of those differences which continue to this day (though some deny the obvious).
The South was, and remains, more religious than the North. That's not a judgmental statement, just an observation. Don't make the issue over CW art more complicated than it is. It's really not difficult to explain. Of course, the reasons for this are more complicated than what can be addressed in a blog post.