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Written by Basil on 01/17/2005 8:21 PM. Filed under:

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As a tribute to one of the South’s noble children, Dr. Martin Luther King, I wish to point your attention to some historical trivia via Fr. John Whiteford (hat tip: Raphael): “Before Rosa Parks refused to go the back of the bus…” Indeed, General Lee knew what to do.

And that, my friends, is why I am proud of my Southern heritage.

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4 Responses to “Southern Heritage”

  1. Erich Says:

    Why is it not a surprise to me that the article was written by an American Studies professor?

    Anyway, yeah, yeah, RE Lee was a good guy. But he wasn’t a god, as he is so often deified in the south. The number of wild stories about him doing whatever anybody who wants to canonize him would like him to do make me question anything I hear about him. That story about the Episcopal church seems highly questionable to me. I don’t know that it didn’t happen, but I’d really like to see whatever source is being used. It sounds so cliche! Historians have to have a knack for spotting hagiography when they see it and this sure does look like it.

    Besides, did he ever become a citizen again after the war? I don’t remember, as it’s been a long time since I was a CW nut, but it seems to me that he never did. So, it seems a little funny to me to say that after the war he saw himself as an American. Maybe a bit of wishful thinking.

    Undoubtedly he was a product of his time, so I don’t hold his own slaveholding against him (it would be presentist to do so, on some level). However, I’d be a bit slower than this American Studies professor seems to be about putting him into too nice a cookie-cutter on these issues.

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