Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction

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CHAPTER 7
Neo-Confederacy and Education

EUAN HAGUE

Neo-Confederacy has long counted numerous academic professionals amongst its proponents, including current and former university and college faculty members as well as church ministers and other educators. As a result, strategies that encompass education form a central plank of the neo-Confederate program. Many neo-Confederates argue the educational system in the United States is prejudicial and discriminates against what they identify as Southern culture and heritage. The League of the South (ls), for example, has developed curricula for all ages that challenge established U.S. views of religion, history, and the Civil War, and promotes these curricula to home-schooling families. Other neo-Confederates such as Emory University philosophy professor Donald W. Livingston have argued that those who support such alternative historical interpretations need to help finance their dissemination and thus "should consider diverting some of the funds they unthinkingly give to mainstream colleges and universities to an institute of their choice."1 Livingston himself helped to establish the League of the South Institute for the Study of Southern Culture and History (LSI) and subsequently founded the Abbeville Institute, which includes neo-Confederates like Thomas Fleming and Clyde Wilson amongst its faculty.2 Similarly, the Stephen D. Lee Institute, closely aligned with the Sons of Confederate Veterans (scv), promotes education about the South to those attending its events.3 Many other comparable institutes were founded in the 1990s and 2000s, often counting the same individuals in their faculties.4 In addition, summer 2006 saw the scv operate its fourth annual Sam Davis Youth Camp for boys and girls ages twelve to seventeen, which taught attendees

the truths about the War for Southern Independence… "and" thoughtful
instruction in Southern history, the War Between the States, the theology

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