Must Reads

The *links below will take you to articles (and/or posts here), that I believe are must reads for readers of this blog. These articles will further clarify my perspective, worldview and approach to history as a writer. These links and articles will also present something much different from the rigid conformity of thought and "groupthink" perspective you will read on most Civil War and history related blogs.

My Myth or Yours? Nolan's Lost Cause by Professor Clyde Wilson (This is indispensable reading for a very basic understanding of a certain Southern perspective on the "Lost Cause Myth" and the War Between the States. No one can do that better than Clyde Wilson.)

History in Context one of the most damning indictments of modern academic historians by one of the most respected academic historians alive today - Professor Gordon S. Wood. As Professor Wood points out in this essay: ". . . [modern] historians see themselves as moral critics obligated to denounce the values of the past in order to somehow reform our present." 

The Cornerstone Speech by Douglas Harper (an insightful analysis of Alexander Stephens' infamous speech, but one that bucks current orthodoxy: "So far from slavery being the cause of secession, the fact is many thinking men in the South knew that secession would be the doom of slavery. Slavery could not be economically viable or legally enforcable where freedom was just a river away. They had pushed the North so hard to enforce the Fugitive Slave Laws for just this reason. Stephens was among those who judged 'slavery much more secure in the union than out of it.'")

Clash of Extremes - a book website by history professor Marc Egnal. Clash of Extremes: The Economic Origins of the Civil War pretty much puts to rest the notion that the WBTS was about slavery. Certainly slavery was an issue, but as Egnal points out: "A one word summary of its argument is 'economics.' It stands apart from the prevailing viewpoint, which sets forth 'slavery' as the cause of the war. Somewhat more fully, the argument is: more than any other concern the evolution of the Northern and Southern economies explains the sectional clash."

Horrors of Camp Morton by Dr. John A. Wyeth (You've heard of Andersonville, but why have you never heard of Camp Morton?")

Manly Honor - Honor in the American South by Brett and Kate McKay (Unlike the Northern code of honor, which emphasized emotional restraint, moral piety, and economic success, the Southern honor code in many ways paralleled the medieval honor code of Europe — combining the reflexive, violent honor of primitive man with the public virtue and chivalry of knights.)

What Should We Call The Late Unpleasantness? A professor from the Citadel explains why it should be called, The War for Southern Independence. Douglas Southall Freeman thought the same thing - and for good reason.

Don’t Know Much About History: Colleges Teach History with Politics Left Out the National Association of Scholars (The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has released an in-depth study of the assigned readings  used in required American history survey courses at University of Texas-Austin and Texas A&M. The authors divided the field of history into 11 areas, including social, political, economic, military, diplomatic and so on. NAS found it disturbing that the readings were obsessed with RCG (Race, Class, Gender) thus "crowding out" any knowledge of the Constitution or State Power (war, peace, government growth, foreign policy).

America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution by Professor Angelo M. Codevilla (The Ruling Class, educated at prestigious universities and convinced of its own superiority . . . maintains that it knows what is best and continually increases its power over every facet of American life, from family and marriage to the environment, guns, and God.It is becoming increasingly apparent that this Ruling Class does not represent the interests of the majority of Americans, who value self-rule and the freedom on whose promise America was founded.)

Religious Beliefs & Behavior of College Faculty by Gary A. Tobin Aryeh K. Weinberg (A scholarly study which documents the anti-Christian and pro-leftist bias prevalent in academia.)

Partisanship as a Source of Presidential Rankings by Joseph E. Uscinski and Arthur Simon (Another scholarly study that suggests "in accordance with previous literature, that partisan attachment affects the subjective judgments that presidential ranking polls inherently require." Of course, presidential rankings are historical in nature and one of the conclusions one can draw is that the same "partisan attachment" affects other aspects of historical analysis.)

No Thanks for the Memories by Professor Gordon S. Wood (Professor Wood takes Jill Lepore to school on memory and the Tea Party. Wood pretty much trashes her pseudo-history of the founding era and how its viewed by the modern Tea Party by suggesting LePore is an "academic historian" who as "an expert at mocking" - but perhaps not so much of an expert on history. Her book is little more than a leftists slam at a conservative grass-roots movement dressed up as history. Unfortunately, for Ms. Lepore, she failed to sew up the back seam of the dress. What one sees is as enlightening as it is embarrassing--to Lepore).

More to come.

*Disclaimer: As common sense would dictate, I do not necessarily endorse all nor any information contained on sites to which I link - here or on any other pages on this blog. I do not necessarily endorse all the opinions and positions put forth in the articles above. The internet, like liberty and freedom, is a sometimes dangerous and risky place. But the alternative is unacceptable.