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  •  I used to read student essays (15+ / 0-)

    from Virginia and Maryland as part of my job.

    I came across one that was all about what would have happened if Robert E. Lee had been the victor in, as this student called it, the War of Northern Aggression.

    It was quite scary, to the point I showed it to my supervisor. She read it, and told me not to worry about it because she had seen much worse, and she wasn't going to get into the dangerous place of telling a Southerner that they lost the war and they should get over it. She was just happy the kid had done the assignment.

    Other Virginia teachers told me that they don't want to be teaching all this modern stuff. (That's what they called it!)  They said their students don't talk that way, their parents don't think that way, and they weren't going to put their jobs in danger by teaching "controversial" ideas. I grew up in Maryland, and we never learned any alternate histories of our state or our country.

    It made me wonder what people in Virginia are teaching their children about the history of that era. It seems very skewed toward a hateful, ignorant view of anyone who dared change their comfortable antebellum ways.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 08:30:46 AM PDT

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    •  speaking of alternative history (3+ / 0-)
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      The movie CSA (2005) is an excellent view of "if the South had won the war":

      Set in an contemporary alternative world where the Confederate States of America managed to win the American Civil War, a British film documentary examines the history of this nation. Beginning with its conquest of the northern states, the film covers the history of this state where racial enslavement became triumphant and the nation carried sinister designs of conquest. Interspersed throughout are various TV commercials of products of a virulent racist nature as well as public service announcements promoting this tyranny. Only at the end do you learn that there is less wholly imagined material in the film than you might suspect.

      I did skim over how the CSA would have dealt with WWII.  The idea that the Nazi Luftwaffe would be parking their planes in North Carolina was not broached.

    •  Chocolate mints on slave ship pillows? (0+ / 0-)

      How far will the creative re-writing of history go? Will we next be hearing about the luxury accommodations of those 'lucky' newly enslaved Africans as they were being transported to their new life in Dixie?

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