Friday, December 21, 2012

Modern Politics and Culture Wars

At his Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog, Andy Hall sez, "Lots of folks have made the observation that the Confederate heritage movement is, at its core, far more about modern politics and culture wars than it is about events of 1861-65; the 'War of Northern Aggression' often serves as a convenient proxy for beliefs and positions and resentments that are firmly rooted in the late 20th/early21st century, and past events are refigured explicitly in those terms."

Interesting, coming from a man who defines his blog as a "civil war era" blog and then includes posts about:
1. A currently existing Southern heritage book publisher
2. Numerous posts about H.K. Edgerton, who is a conteporary Southerner
3. Ron Wilson's prison sentencing for running a ponzi scheme (occurred in Nov. 2012) 
4. A 2012 movie about Abraham Lincoln
5. A current dispute in Selma, Alabama over a monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest
6. Confederate flaggers, especially the Virginia Flaggers, which has only been in existence for less than two years
7. Dixie Outfitters and H.K. Edgerton, a currently existing business and living human being, makin' money
8. Clint Lacy's blog, which is currently online
9. Lynyrd Skynyrd, a currently existing rock and roll group, and the Confederate flag
And that's just since early October, compiled from a quick scanning of his blog, meaning I may not have noticed all contemporary references about modern politics and culture wars that Andy makes.... 

Pot.  Meet kettle.

Andy, just out of curiosity, what ARE the date/time limits of the "civil war era" -- in your estimation?

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