Is this really a bold new interpretation?
Sadly he mentions H. K. Edgerton and not Andy Hall or Kevin Levin’s research on “Black Confederates”. However, he does a great overview of the Lost Cause version of Black Confederates…because “we are not going to see any form of hard research, evidence, first-person sources, muster rolls, etc., because belief is so much easier than actual research.” (Quote taken from Dead Confederates comment by Neil Hamilton)
Since Connie Chastain/Ward/Reb has declared that this site…as well as Andy’s, Kevin’s and Brook’s…is a South/Dixie-bashing site, I thought I would do some old school Dixie bashing. Also, beyond the fun of “Dixie Bashing” I thought we could make a game out of it. I am going to post a quote that bashes Dixie…or at least is one person opinion of Dixie…and you, the reader, can try and guess the name of the person who made the quote.
So here it is…
“For the first time we have had the chance to examine the effect that slavery produces on a society. On the right bank of the Ohio everything is activity, industry, labor is honored, there are no slaves. Pass to the left bank and the scene changes so suddenly that you think yourself on the other side of the world. The enterprising spirit seems gone. There work is not only painful, it’s shameful, and you degrade yourself in submitting yourself to it. To ride, to hunt, to smoke like a Turk in the sunshine, there’s the destiny of the white man. To do any other kind of manual labor is to act like a slave.”
So, make good guesses and we shall see who the winner is…boy I hope Connie doesn’t win…but she has not told me what history books she reads and I doubt she reads any, so I feel she will not come in first. Best of luck.
A Slave in the White House (click to see video) by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor was recently featured on the Daily Show with John Stewart. The author tells the story of one of James Madison’s slaves, Paul Jennings. Starting at the two minute mark I think John Stewart make the author admit to what Kevin Levin was speaking to in this post where Ms. Taylor says that she just wanted to tell the story of Paul Jennings without passing judgement on Dolly and James Madison with regards to slavery.
Great interview, infromative and funny.
A dear friend of mine has posted this image of a letter from his ancestor about the family slaves. He posted this comment with the letter.
I must admit I was a bit worried about what I have and will share. I don’t want to give ammo to the Yankee Bloggers, but since what I have is the truth I will let the chips fall where they may.
Well, I say let the chips fly…or… I am curious to what my readers think of the letter. How do you interpret what is written? The owner of the letter provides no interpretation or futher information than what you see here. However I will add that his family fought for the south in the Richmond Howitzers throughout the war.
Well, there it is…have at it!