*Update: Kevin responds, kinda. I think he sorta missed my point as he lays out moral arguments for his perspective. That's fine - I actually agree with some of his comments. Regardless, his "anti-Confederacy" sentiments are obvious and I'm not the only one to notice. Readers there and here and many other places have pointed it out - and certainly not all of them are "neo-Confederates" (I already hear that response winding up).
Moreover, both Robert Krick and James Robertson have made references to the "anti-Confederate" and/or "anti-Southern" perspectives of historians (not Kevin specifically). Nothing new about taking that view. As a matter of fact, it seems to me to be a pretty mainstream/uncontroversial view.
See another response here.
See another response here.
We're told bias among "objective" historians, academics, etc, etc. is largely a myth. Really? So here's a contrast to consider - take a look at the sampling of comments from what many consider a biased, Pro-Union Civil War blogger, Kevin Levin, in regards to a new movie about Lincoln which hasn't even been released yet:
I can’t wait to see it! I love the cast . . . I’m sure the film will have large set-pieces with fine performances.
it’s going to be an important film, if for no other reason than it will likely shape (for better or worse) and entire generation of Americans’ image of the 16th president.
Accurate or not, they provoke discussion in public and in academe.
I’ve been anticipating this movie for quite some time.
Now, compare them with comments from Kevin's blog regarding Gods and Generals:
I hope Ron Maxwell never has the opportunity to make another movie.
I watched it again the other day and wondered why I ever thought the movie was any good. I think Ron Maxwell joined the SCV and got a blood transfusion from Mort Kuntsler between making “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Saints…oh, I’m sorry, Generals.”
I actually couldn’t watch “Gods and Generals” all the way through because it was so bad, as a movie. Unlike the racist “Birth of a Nation” which was good movie making(for 1916). G and G had appalling politics, and is an utter crapfest.
if any of the students get out of line, you could make them sit and watch the entire God-awful movie and I guarantee they won’t act up anymore.
Please, the film Gods and Generals is incredibly biased towards the Confederacy with no apology given to a movement that wished to destroy a democratic union [actually, it's a constitutional republic, but I won't quibble] and propogate [sic] slavery.
Some will say I'm over sensitive and am reading too much into this. But I don't think so.
I'll reserve my opinion on the Lincoln film until I actually see it.