Well, the number of stories and posts and etc about the flag controversy has become an avalanche, and I am sure you’ve already read just about all you can stand. So, I’ll spare you and just post three today (and full disclosure, all three involve contributions by either me or two of my personal friends). First, Kevin Levin has a good discussion going on over on Civil War Memory about the SCV’s marching out of their “black confederates” in order to defend the flag. Oh, brother. Meanwhile, on Civil War Pop, Christian McWhirter throws in his two cents by pointing out that modern pop culture has changed the meaning of the Rebel flag (but no, that doesn’t mean he thinks it is a benign symbol that we should leave up on government buildings and grounds). Lastly, I was interviewed (along with some other southern historians), for this small piece about the Rebel flag and its historic background and uses. Nothing new in it, but it was a decent article, I thought.
Ok, wait. Here is one more flag related story that I think it interesting: “The children of segregationists from the civil rights era have taken steps to differentiate themselves from the actions of their parents.They want to drive home the point that just because your forefathers were on the wrong side of history does not mean you need to follow the same trajectory.”
So how about something else? Yes, please.
Well, this isn’t completely off topic, but the University of Virginia is “finding new ways to acknowledge the university’s historic ties to slavery, to give a more complete picture of its foundation and early years, as the school approaches its bicentennial.”
Here’s a little bit of the history of rum in Louisiana. Mmmm. Anyone up for a Hurricane drink?
A 2000 year old Roman ship has been found off the coast of Sardinia, and it is intact and well-preserved.
And lastly, the macabre news of the day: the corpse of a bishop has been found to be one of the best preserved bodies ever found from the 1600s. But even stranger, is that they discovered the corpse of a stillborn or miscarried child was placed in the coffin with him. Yikes.