I have tried very hard to stay out of this discussion about Silas Chandler because I have become more and more fatigued by the inability of the Lost Causer crowd to accept what the historical record says about the relationship between Silas Chandler and his master and the Confederacy. Their denial of the findings from the PBS story began long before the episode of History Detectives began.
Carl W. Roden stated ”I will see it tonight and offer a review….and no doubt our favorite Denier bloggers are waiting for the same. In a fair world Mr. Levin and Mr. Hall should get another disappointment, but as we have seen and know all too well life ain’t fair.”
John Stones had this to say: ”The FOX interview ended with an indicator as to where it will be going – I’ll be watching but not expecting the truth. I’m sure it had to pass Levin’s smell test!”
John Stones’ self-fulfilled prophesy comes true: ”This PBS “special” is the piece of garbage I was expecting it would be!”While Susan Frise Hathaway lamented “and WHO CARES whether he volunteered or not? A large percentage of American soldiers did not volunteer. Are they not still soldiers?
What will the follow-up story be about Andrew Chandler and Silas Chandler after the PBS History Detectives episode “Chandler Tintype?” As shared yesterday, PBS History Detectives concluded that Silas Chandler was a slave and body servant who “served” the Confederate States Army. I have a recommendation. Take a look at this photo which is courtesy of Toledo Blade (toledoblade.com). The photograph shows Chandler Battaile and Bobby Chandler both holding the tintype of Andrew Chandler and Silas Chandler. PBS can now do a piece on how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream is being fulfilled. Dr. King said, “I have a dream that one day the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
Why not highlight how the Chandler Tintype has brought these two men, a descendant of a slaveholder and a descendant of a slave, together? You know. Focus on the positive in the story; and bring people together in peace and harmony. I sure will!