Alan R. Freitag
Given recent events, I thought this piece might be of value once again.
My journey through the culture of the Lost Cause and what had been (still is?) the cult of Jefferson Davis came full circle years after my initial visit to Beauvoir upon learning about the creation of the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library. This project was initiated by the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), which owns and operates the site, and through its lobbying efforts became...
Red Clay Scholar
From the editor Regina N. Bradley:
Black Camera invites submissions for a Close-Up focusing on hip-hop cinema. Cinema is an underutilized medium for critically engaging how hip-hop sonically and visually experiments with memory, music, and identity to articulate a post–civil rights Black experience. Where earlier representations of hip-hop cinema (such as the Breaking films and Wildstyle) focused on documenting its elemental aesthetics or conceptualizing...
My friend and fellow historian, Victoria Bynum talks here about The Free State of Jones, the movie that is based on her superb book. Buy the book, watch the film, and learn something new about the Civil War.
by Victoria Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War
It’s been forty years since I first saw the name “Newton Knight” in the footnotes of a Civil War history textbook as I headed home for the holidays on a greyhound...
All good things must come to an end. In case you hadn’t noticed, I have retired from writing entries for Pop South. Over the course of five years, I wrote more than 110 entries and, frankly, could do this full time. But I teach, and have been writing another book, and now must support it. I’m also writing on different topics over on my author blog. Join me there, if you wish. I plan to maintain this site for the foreseeable future, so that students and others...
It’s an exciting time for historians, especially as we get nearer to the opening of the film “Free State of Jones” on June 24th. Part of the excitement has been generated by the marketing of the film (including during Game 7 of the NBA Finals!), but also the real sense that the history is being told as carefully as possible through the medium of film, which doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to telling “the true story.”
An open letter to White people who tire of hearing about slavery when they visit slave plantations: especially Suzanne Sherman.
This is brilliant. Read, learn, and look history in the face.
The Negro Subversive
Dear Ms. Sherman,
When I read your reflection in The American Conservative I was so sorry to hear that you had mistaken the museum at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for a monument to the Declaration of Independence. This mistake clearly caused much despair to you, and I suspect, to your unwitting children, who later found themselves flung headfirst into the depths of their mother’s folly...