Missionaries

Today’s quiz: In what southern American city was Independence Day (July 4th) not celebrated for about 80 years, and why?

While you are working on that, have a look at this post by the Accidental Historian which is a (friendly) response to my series of posts on missionaries.

Comments

  1. #1 bwv
    July 9, 2009

    my guess is Vicksburg, as that was the date the city surrendered to Grant

  2. #2 bwv
    July 9, 2009

    my guess is Vicksburg, as that was the date the city surrendered to Grant

  3. #3 Geds
    July 9, 2009

    Wow. Thanks for the link. I really appreciate it.

    Also, bmv, you might be right. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go read my posts on the Civil War, anyway…

  4. #4 John Swindle
    July 9, 2009

    Apparently, controversy touches everything. The notion that Vicksburg eschewed celebrating the fourth is called an old canard in this web piece:

    http://civilwarmemory.typepad.com/civil_war_memory/2008/02/july-4-and-vick.html

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    July 9, 2009

    Well, maybe. I went and trolled them.

    Next thing you know we’ll be hearing that Slavery had nothing to do with the Civil War!

  6. #6 Geds
    July 9, 2009

    The notion that Vicksburg eschewed celebrating the fourth is called an old canard in this web piece:

    It depends on how you define the terms. To the best of my knowledge there was no official 4th celebration in Vicksburg until World War II. Many Southern communities avoided official celebrations immediately after the war and during Reconstruction. That doesn’t mean people didn’t celebrate the 4th on their own, though.

    Generally when people say, “Vicksburg didn’t celebrate the 4th,” they’re referring to the municipality, not individual citizens of Vicksburg. Similarly, “Chicago” doesn’t observe Ramadan, but many Chicagoans do.

    Next thing you know we’ll be hearing that Slavery had nothing to do with the Civil War!

    Hold the flame war off until next week, please. I’m not as up to date on the Lost Cause Myth as I should be…

  7. #7 Greg Laden
    July 9, 2009

    Aha! I knew this was going to get complicated…

  8. #8 Kevin
    July 10, 2009

    Thanks for the link to Civil War Memory. Just wanted to point out that the site has moved to http://www.cwmemory.com

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