26 June 2009

For You Silly Folks

Here's a good read for some of our Northern friends and academics who seem to have lost touch with reality. Yes, I know its hard to believe, but many Southern women really did sew, knit, and support their husbands - and the war effort - during the War Between the States.

From the book . . .

"And then there were the notebook's other contents, the lists — of General Lee's godchildren, of groceries bought and wagonloads of food received, of hundreds of socks and gloves knitted from bales of cotton and pounds of wool, the myriad household uses for common ingredients like salt and ammonia. As I puzzled over the brittle pages, the shabby little notebook grew in fascination. Might it, if understood, illuminate the intimate domestic life of the people in those dim portraits, at least in part? " (Emphasis mine)

This book is written by Anne Carter Zimmer. She is the great-granddaughter of Mary and Robert E. Lee.


Anonymous said...

"Mrs. Lee acknowledged that ancestors were of consequence in a few pockets of the United States. "

I must be from one of those pockets. I find it ironic that my ancestors were part of the building of this country's often celebrated origins, yet some (most outside the pocket) choose to view them through politically correct prisms of apology, embarrassment, or villianization.

Regarding the misconstrued perception of the South, where else could the Jewish artist this author mentions have gotten his views if not from those biased individuals who selectively choose who are heroes and who are villians. Too bad she wasn't able to either cite the Jewish Confederate soldiers who proudly served and left great records of their service, or point out the wonderful relations his people have with their neighbors in the Middle East today :)

Brboyd said...

I found this interesting while looking up the jewish populations of the south.


Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks for the link. I recall watching not too long ago (PBS?) a news piece about a town in the South that was actually paying Jewish people to settle in their area. Some of the older members of the community were concerned over the fact that many of the younger generation had chosen to move to areas with higher populations.