06 July 2013

Gettysburg Led To A Dominant South

So writes political commentator Jarrett Stepman . . .
Free from the curse of slavery and now fully embracing the free-market capitalism that was frowned upon in the days just before it, the South is now a bastion of freedom and economic growth. The South also preserved traditional American values that were so apparent in their fighting spirit during the war, which is one of many reasons it is so important for Americans to look back and memorialize the valor and sacrifice that took place on the battlefield of Gettysburg 150 years ago. [Doris Kearns Goodwin, call your office.]
Apparently, the high tide has returned. I guess that makes Charlie Daniels a prophet.

11 comments:

Mel Stidinger said...

How could the south become a bastion of freedom when for 100 years following the Civil War and Reconstruction southern blacks were kept from just about every facet of life that whites enjoyed. I hate to inform either you are the author of this article that segregation is not freedom no matter how someone or some group wraps it.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Mel - Segregation ended 50 years ago. A lot can happen in 50 years, like the South becoming a bastion of freedom. Thanks for the comment.

Mel Stidinger said...

Tell that to Paula Deen

Michael Bradley said...

Mel should read C. Vann Woodward's book The Strange Career of Jim Crow. Segregation was not invented in the South but in the North; segregation was not confined to the South--it was a national policy and was enforced by the U.S. government in the armed forces and by northern practices in sports and other areas of public life. The attempt to make Jim Crow a southern problem is an attempt to avoid the truth and only contributes to a failure to solve the problem.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Mel - I believe Deen's offense took place 30 years ago - you're living in the past. And she was also a big Obama donor. I don't think she really fits the profile of a segregationist.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Michael - you are correct and thanks for the reminder.

ZielonaMila said...

Fantastic video:) Regards

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Z - Charlie's the man.

ropelight said...

RGW, have you seen Donald Gilliland's article in the Patriot News (blog.pennlive.com/gettysburg) 7/6/13, Should Civil War re-enactments be abandoned?

Here's an excerpt:

Civil War commemorations and re-enactors are practically synonymous, but as the Gettysburg hoopla began last week, the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College said very publicly the commemoration would be better without all the men in blue and gray pretending to be soldiers.

On June 29, the Wall Street Journal ran a story that said, "Peter Carmichael, a professor of history at Gettysburg College, calls re-enactments an 'unfortunate distraction' from a deeper understanding of the Civil War, including the motivations of those who fought and its legacy."

Later that same night, Carmichael quoted himself to me at the media reception in Gettysburg sponsored by the college: (calling re-enactments an) "unfortunate distraction."

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Rope - yes, I've read it. While I agree with the fundamental premise of Gilliland's piece, I believe Carmichael's comments were taken somewhat out of context. I've got a post coming up on this. Many (not all) academic historians view these reenactments the same way they view "amateur" historians. There is a coordinated effort to discredit them for the usual reasons. (See Doris Kearns Goodwin's speech.)

Michael Simons said...

Love Charlie Daniels