Karma about Jefferson Davis Defender of Slavery.

I was thinking about defender of slavery and traitor Jefferson Davis tonight because of the Senate debate in MS, and I am not sure if I ever wrote about how Davis’ slaves reacted to their “benevolent” slave owner.  First up, there is William Jackson who was a slave in the household of Jefferson Davis and…

America in black and white in Alabama

In an age of “both sides do it” and “teach the debate,” some issues are simply black and white. So it was this week in Alabama, where truth and myth, hate and hagiography collided in two stories of the ongoing legacy of the Civil War and white supremacy. On Monday, the “Heart of Dixie” celebrated…

Vergangenheitsbewältigung in America

This year represents the 25th anniversary of one of the great enduring memes of modern American culture and politics. In his thundering speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, former Nixon hatchet man and Adolf Hitler admirer-turned GOP presidential candidate Pat Buchanan darkly warned of a “cultural war” already underway, one he deemed a “struggle…

Mr. President, Confederate leaders were not “fine people.” They told us so.

Defending the indefensible on Tuesday, President Donald Trump traveled back in time to deploy the “both sides do it” talking point to explain the Civil War. Providing air cover for white supremacists, Trump declared “you had some very fine people on both sides,” apparently including “many of those people were there to protest the taking…

'Freedmen,' an alternative to HBO’s alternative history, 'Confederate'

What if the South had won the Civil War? Hardly a new question, and it’s doubtless one of the most common counterfactual thought exercises in American history. It’s also already been recently asked—though not answered seriously—in the 2004 mockumentary, CSA: The Confederate States of America. Nevertheless, HBO is turning to some of the folks who brought…