Monday, June 16, 2008

James Webb and his neo-Confederate thinking in "The Scotsman"

Euan Hague, editor of "Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction," had an Op Ed published in The Scotsman regarding James Webb's neo-Confederate Celtic theories. The Scotsman is the leading newspaper of Scotland and read by most everyone.

The link to the article is:

You have to register for the full article, but it is free.

I think Alexander H. Stephens was one Confederate Vice-President too many and we don't need another one.

I think the Democrats need to conside that the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is coming up and do they want a Democratic Vice-President going on and on with a Lost Cause interpretation of the Civil War period. If it is like the Civil War Centennial, activities will start in 2009 and last until 2015.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

James Webb and his Confederacy problem hit the news

David Mark has an article "Webb's rebel roots: An Affinity for the Confederacy," on James Webb and his Confederate Celtic theories and pro-Confederate viewpoints.

The question that needs to be asked is whether James Webb is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a racist group.

I have a paper on the Confederate Celtic identity theory that was published in Scottish Affairs, at the University of Edinburgh. It has a section that explains the bogusness of this Confederate Celtic theory.

There is also Diane Robert's article in Oxford American.

Though these article focus on Scotland, the basis of this Confederate Celtic identity theory is the same as for James Webb. They both quote Grady McWhiney and the others in the Confederate Celtic movement to support their theories.

I am mentioned, though I am not the author, but one of three editors for "Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction." The web page for the book is at:

Incidentally, I contributed the research materials for this article on Bill Clinton and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
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