25 November 2016

History Blogging & Politics

History News Network Screen Shot: 11/23/2016

We often hear from the ostensibly apolitical, objective history and Civil War bloggers that "heritage types" and defenders of American Exceptionalism are politicizing history. Funny, I never hear them criticizing their soul mates on the left for the same thing. When most academic historians are pretty much saying the same thing, we should be highly suspicious, especially when they default to nothing more than name calling and smearing those who disagree with their conformist viewpoints. It's times like these that it's a good idea to recall the words of historian Paul Johnson:
Beware committees, conferences and leagues of intellectuals. Distrust public statements from their serried ranks. Discount their verdicts on political leaders and important events. ~ Historian Paul Johnson

4 comments:

jessie sanford said...

Richard,
Once again you brought a smile to my face. Your blog is a delight and a refreshing break from all those other blogs that are so filled with hate. Keep up the great work and I hope you have fully recovered from what I am sure was a wonderful Southern Thanksgiving meal.
God bless you and yours and God bless the South and these United States, even the Yankee ones.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thank you Jessie.

Jine said...

HNN, what a disgusting entity that is. I visited that site for the first time via the link your provided and ended up nauseated. NeoComm Central, it is.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

They do occasionally run a right of center piece, but that's just for window dressing.