Southern Slavery As It Wasn't: Coming to Grips with Neo-Confederate Historical Misinformation

17 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2004  

William L. Ramsey

University of Idaho

Sean M. Quinlan

University of Idaho

Abstract

"Southern Slavery as it Wasn't: Coming to Grips with Neo-Confederate Historical Misinformation" assesses the historical revisionism of neo-Confederate amateur historians who maintain that slavery was a positive and happy experience for African Americans. Such views are becoming increasingly influential among white supremacist and conservative groups in the South and Midwest, and they pose a growing threat to the civil rights of minorities nationwide on several levels.

The essay demonstrates that neo-Confederate histories of southern slavery are not concerned with historical accuracy. They seek instead to advance an ideological repudiation of multiculturalism and civil rights. As such, they are being used by opponents of civil rights to challenge voting rights, desegregation, and affirmative action in a variety of court challenges and grassroots campaigns and to champion the imposition of "biblical law."

Keywords: Neo-Confederate, Slavery, Classical Schools, Wilson, Wilkins, Ramsey, Quinlan

Suggested Citation

Ramsey, William L. and Quinlan, Sean M., Southern Slavery As It Wasn't: Coming to Grips with Neo-Confederate Historical Misinformation. Oklahoma City University Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=633361

William L. Ramsey (Contact Author)

University of Idaho ( email )

875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844
United States

Sean M. Quinlan

University of Idaho ( email )

875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844
United States

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