Recently I published a LRC blog concerning the new three episode, six hour History mini-series, Grant, prior to its airing this week. My blog was based on the article, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Big Middle Finger to the Confederacy, originally published in The New York Times, later re-posted at Yahoo News. To be brief, both of what was said in the Times piece and in my blog were wrong.
The series was an excellent and objective factually based presentation free of ideological bias and malicious intent to demonize the Confederacy. The programs’ main objective was to present the life, character, and factual reality of how U S Grant shaped the time in which he lived. It was not a comprehensive look at the preliminary background sectional divisions that precipitated the conflict, nor the ethnocultural and ethnoreligious differences between the North and South impacting this struggle. It was not a history of the “Civil War.”
If there was any major criticism of the series it was that there was so much more to this complex multifaceted story which was left out by omission. But only so much can be told in a six hour mini-series.
There have been over 70,000 books written on this subject. For the curious reader who truly wants to begin to explore these depths, I would start with Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War, by Jeffery Rogers Hummel. This has been described as the best single volume book on the Civil War. I have known Hummel since 1984 and have two signed copies of this work, one the hardback; the other the first edition paperback. It is excellent and objective, fact-based historical analysis. The magnificent authoritative bibliography is worth more than the purchase price.
I would also recommend these additional excellent background source items:
Slavery and War, by Murray N. Rothbard
Just War, by Murray N. Rothbard
Taxes and Slavery: A Parallel, by Charles Burris
The Yankee Problem in America (the article by Clyde Wilson)
The Yankee Problem: An American Dilemma (the book by Clyde Wilson)
The Yankee Problem in America (the Amazon book list I prepared on the conflict)
In Dixie Land, I’ll Take My Stand (An Amazon book list I prepared)
The War for Southern Independence (the online history course at McClananhan Academy)
11:56 am on May 28, 2020 Email Charles Burris