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I wanted to clarify something on James Loewen's citation in the Times article on the Secession Ball. Loewen is the co-editor of The Confederate And Neo-Confederate Reader, a book I've blogged about here and have found indispensable.The other co-editor is James Edward Sebesta, here's a link to his page


Because the book wasn't mentioned in the Times article, and because of my own addled brain, I didn't make the connection between Loewen and the Reader. In some of my angst over the "liberal sociologist" ID, I may have communicated some sort of disrespect for Loewen. I want to correct that by making two quick points: 1.) I don't believe you need a PhD in history to intelligently contribute to this discussion. 2.) I think Loewen and Sebesta are waging this campaign against the Lost Cause precisely as it needs to be--with the Confederacy's own  documents, as opposed to with sweeping rhetoric, and broad interpretation.

Apologies for communicating anything else.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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