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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