I’ve said it before… the South does not equal the Confederacy.
In fact, Southerness in general is not a reflection of the Confederacy. Southerness existed before the Confederacy… Southerness was and is the culture. Modern Confederateness, on the other hand, is a culture unto itself and is not to be confused as dominant over Southerness, but incorporating qualities that can be found in Southerness. Confederateness is, therefore, a subdivision/subculture of Southerness.
True, there are four years during which the South was part of the Confederacy, but that alone does not define who we were or who we are.
I enjoy my cornbread, my sweet tea, my attachment to the land of my people, my heritage of being Southern… and I feel it is no less than that which would be encountered in a Southern Unionist, a leave-aloner, a Confederate, or a slave. What they believed, what they dreamed, what they felt, what they endured, etc., etc.,… it varied… but, like it or not, they were ALL Southern.
Then why is it that some insist that the South be portrayed so monolithic? In fact, why is it that some feel it necessary to warp history, and toss the blanket across the entire South, proclaiming a single Southern heritage… a solid South, unwavering in sentiment… devoted to the ideals of a Southern Confederacy? Are we to be led to believe that there was a “Confederate collective”? It’s as if the modern Confederate machine is a Confederate Borg with a message that “assimilation”, no matter what history had to say about the individuals of the South, is inevitable.
Perhaps resistance is futile… lest you be labeled a revisionist by the original revisionists.