Week 7 Resource – “Say No To Abe Petition”

February 23rd, 2011


This is a link to a petition created by Ron Holland, the editor of the Dixie Daily News. There are two things I found intriguing about this petition: 1) It actually got about 3700 signatures which seems impressive to me. It just goes to show how many people STILL felt incredibly strong about the “invasion of Virginia” in 2003. 2) Holland actually compared the statue to Hitler. He writes, “A statue to this politician is no more appropriate in Richmond than one celebrating Sherman who burned Atlanta to the ground or one glorifying the evil Third Reich to Hitler in Tel Aviv.” Seriously, you guys weren’t kidding when you said that the Nazis can be worked into any conversation.

Week 6 Resource

February 16th, 2011

This is a clip from an episode of The Gray Ghost that aired in the late 1950s. It tells the adventures (true or false) of Confederate John Mosby and his men. It is actually really funny to watch because of the acting, but it is also interesting because it depicts Mosby in a good light, being clever and talented. It also makes you want to root for him to win because it makes him seem like the good guy. This episode also represents the strong loyalties Southerners felt for the South, even in the mid 20th century.

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Week 5 Resource – Mosby Memoirs

February 9th, 2011


This is a link to the memoirs of John Singleton Mosby. It was edited and published in 1917 by Charles Wells Russell. I haven’t read all the way through them, but being from Fauquier County where the Mosby Museum resides, I had already learned a lot about him. I thought about him after our discussion on Tuesday because we talked a lot about Southerners and how they kept coming up with ways to keep their ideals and culture alive. Mosby was a famous Confederate corporal, but after the war, he voted Republican because he thought that was what was best for the South. I think Mosby and his memoirs provide an interesting alternative to the stereotypical Confederate veteran.