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Fading Away….

Battle lines are fading...

Battle lines are fading…

 

Civil War reenacting is a dying hobby… numbers have declined sharply over the last 20 years- due in part to the recession, but many of the wounds are self inflicted.

 

Serious reenactors are intimidating… and their strict adherence to unquestionable authenticity allows little room for the curious or casual hobbyist.  The ranks are growing grayer, and heftier- and the importance of living history is being brushed aside for selfish “hardcore campaigning.”    Potential recruits are openly discouraged by so-called “hardcores” – self appointed protectors of the lifestyle….. soon to be lost in all the stitch counting.

 

Greater effort is needed to reach out to the next generation of Civil War living historians… There must be an alternative to self-defeating behaviors like stitch counting and labeling- as if our hobby was meant to be exclusive. 

 

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Confusing Heritage and Hate

Decedents of Confederate soldiers should be allowed… to celebrate their heritage and honor the bravery of their ancestors free of accusations of racism and hatred.  Those who are quick to criticize Confederate reenactors(friends don’t let friends reenact Confederate)  and heritage groups have deluded themselves with the simplicity found in a politically correct view of history.  Few Confederate soldiers actually fought to perpetuate slavery– the defense of hearth and home compelled many to the ranks.   The romantic notion of fighting for the “lost cause” seems to entice living historians to this day–  but which cause, and why was it lost?  Just as critics prematurely judge the concept of Confederate heritage, participants are too quick to romanticize that “lost cause.”

Fattin fir rats

Fattin fir rats

States rights has become the generic term for… the justification of secession, thus the Civil War.  Apart from slavery, proponents are unable to enumerate these rights which were in such danger. The Constitution explicitly gives Congress the power to levy tariffs and collect taxes; in addition, all territories are under the jurisdiction  of the Federal government.  Slavery was the obvious concern of secessionists and the Confederate government.  The Vice-President of the Confederacy surmised its construction better than anyone…

Cadaver in office

Cadaver in office

“Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”   

 

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Fading Away….

Battle lines are fading...

Battle lines are fading…

 

Civil War reenacting is a dying hobby… numbers have declined sharply over the last 20 years- due in part to the recession, but many of the wounds are self inflicted.

 

Serious reenactors are intimidating… and their strict adherence to unquestionable authenticity allows little room for the curious or casual hobbyist.  The ranks are growing grayer, and heftier- and the importance of living history is being brushed aside for selfish “hardcore campaigning.”    Potential recruits are openly discouraged by so-called “hardcores” – self appointed protectors of the lifestyle….. soon to be lost in all the stitch counting.

 

Greater effort is needed to reach out to the next generation of Civil War living historians… There must be an alternative to self-defeating behaviors like stitch counting and labeling- as if our hobby was meant to be exclusive. 

 

LRLHuhpWRKe9akUJYx93_EDITreenactors-cirilo-1

 

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Confusing Heritage and Hate

Decedents of Confederate soldiers should be allowed… to celebrate their heritage and honor the bravery of their ancestors free of accusations of racism and hatred.  Those who are quick to criticize Confederate reenactors(friends don’t let friends reenact Confederate)  and heritage groups have deluded themselves with the simplicity found in a politically correct view of history.  Few Confederate soldiers actually fought to perpetuate slavery– the defense of hearth and home compelled many to the ranks.   The romantic notion of fighting for the “lost cause” seems to entice living historians to this day–  but which cause, and why was it lost?  Just as critics prematurely judge the concept of Confederate heritage, participants are too quick to romanticize that “lost cause.”

Fattin fir rats

Fattin fir rats

States rights has become the generic term for… the justification of secession, thus the Civil War.  Apart from slavery, proponents are unable to enumerate these rights which were in such danger. The Constitution explicitly gives Congress the power to levy tariffs and collect taxes; in addition, all territories are under the jurisdiction  of the Federal government.  Slavery was the obvious concern of secessionists and the Confederate government.  The Vice-President of the Confederacy surmised its construction better than anyone…

Cadaver in office

Cadaver in office

“Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”   

 

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