In conversations with my Southern friends, our political affections often dissolve into a conversation about our current welfare state. In the United States, taking care of the poor is a problem that has had a slowing effect on our already slowing economic growth. We are not the economic empire we once were, and most people […]
I was raised in a very religious family. We valued our faith but in a way that was often legalistic. Don’t get me wrong. I am convinced that each of my relatives were/are true believers. But, I’ve witnessed too many family feuds in which the Bible was used as a weapon. Most of the time […]
Silver lining on the silver spoon Jacob’s brothers meant him ill when they sold him into bondage. God meant it for good, said the former slave. Let me offer a similar sentiment about the recent events in Thomas Jefferson’s former hometown, Charlottesville, Virginia. There has been a great revival among Christians to disavow themselves of anything […]
It’s the historian’s job to understand, not condemn history.
Clyde Wilsons Idea Clyde Wilson, historian and Professor at the University of South Carolina, has said the folks who point to slavery as the primary cause of the War for Southern Independence are building for themselves a “treasure of counterfeit virtue”. The idea is that these folks avoid any culpability for their Northern American icons […]