30 January 2014

Follow Up On War Between The States, Civil War & War For Southern Independence

*Update: Now, another update. Kevin has deleted the post referenced below. Not to worry. As he pointed out previously, hitting the delete button don't quite cut it these days. I saved the post to my hard drive because I suspected he might delete it. I'll wait and see if he decides it would be better to put it back up. If not, I'll treat him the same way he treated Ted Savas and post a screenshot here. Stay tuned.

End of update.

This has become quite interesting. (See these posts here and here.) And Kevin Levin's most recent mea culpa: [Which he just deleted]

Ah, ah, ah . . . not so fast there partner:

A salute to Kevin for acknowledging [before he deleted his acknowledgement] his error and the fact that Professor Sinisi makes a compelling argument for calling the Civil War, The War for Southern Independence:

Yes, it is compelling and a must read for those interested in the topic. It is stated much more eloquently than I could have done, but the fundamental argument is the same as I've stated. I am, apparently, in good company and on strong "scholarly" ground. In the good Professor's argument he pointed out the following:
What is truly odd is that significant numbers of historians will acknowledge the correctness of the terminology of War for Southern Independence in their letters . . . use the terminology on the cover of their books and in the pages of their books, but are essentially told you can’t put it in the course catalog.

 Let’s take a look:

Richard McMurry, John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence (U of Nebraska Press, 1992)

 Carl Degler in Out of our past: the forces that shaped modern America   (1984; 3rd edition)     (Pulitzer Prize winner: Neither Black nor White: Slavery and Race Relations in Brazil and the United States.)

 “The Civil War was actually the War for Southern Independence.” (198)

 Stephen Sears, Landscape Turned Red   (1983) 

 “The enemy was demonstrating a grim determination to turn a war for Southern Independence into a revolution against Southern institutions.” (59)

 William Pencak, ed. Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America, vol 1 (2009) ABC Clio           

 When looking at the contributions of Hispanics noted “Equally important were Hispanic sons of the South and their respective contributions during the War for Southern Independence.” (222)

 Howard Jones in Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the Diplomacy of the Civil War (U of Nebraska Press, 1999)

 “South Carolina’s dramatic announcement of secession from the Union in December 1860 ultimately led to a war for southern independence.” (3)

 Edwin Davis, Heroic Years: Louisiana in the War for Southern Independence (1964)

 John Shelton Reed, ed. , Regionalism and the South: Selected Papers of Rupert Vance (UNC Press, 1982)

 “The Taylor family came from east Tennessee, dark and bloody ground of the War for Southern Independence.”

Eugene Genovese, The Political Economy of Slavery (Wesleyan UP; 2nd ed., 1989)

 “Neither of the two leading interpretations, which for many years have contended in a hazy and unreal battle, offers consistent and plausible answers to recurring questions, especially those bearing on the origins of the War for Southern Independence.” (14) and 11 other such references in the book.

 Leon Litwack, Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow (Knopf, 1998) and

Pulitzer Prize winner for Been in the Storm so Long: The Aftermath of Slavery

 “With the ‘surrender,’ as blacks called it, the War for Southern Independence and the enslavement of black men and women both came to an end.” (2)

 James Green in Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement, and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America (Random House, 2006)

 “His brother, a wealthy, influential landowner, sent Albert to school in Waco and then to Galveston, where he served as an apprentice “printer’s devil” in a newspaper office until the War for Southern Independence captured his soul.” (56)

 Marc Wortman, The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta (Perseus Books, 2009)

 “The War for Southern Independence ate men up, and the enrollment terms for many state and Confederate soldiers….” (155) 6 other mentions

 Elizabeth Fox Genovese, The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders (Cambridge University Press, 2002, 2005)

 “The exigencies of the War for Southern Independence raised the disagreeable possibility that the modern world might need a Cromwell after all.” (688) 22 other mentions; Heck, she even has a chapter named “From the Reformation to the War for Southern Independence.”

 Thomas Bailey and David Kennedy, The American Spirit (Houghton Mifflin, 1987).

 Chapter 23 is “The War for Southern Independence.”

 David Hackett Fisher, Liberty and Freedom (Oxford UP, 2005). Pulitzer Prize winner, too.

 “South Carolinians combined old symbols of the Revolutionary War with new emblems of the War for Southern Independence.” (308)
Looks like I was right after all. I hope we've all learned something here. But I kinda doubt it.

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