Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Old Times There Should Not Be Forgotten


A Review of Old Times There Should Not Be Forgotten (Shotwell Publishing, 2020) by Leslie R. Tucker

If I were to classify my own regional sense of identity, I would say I am a Tennessean born and bred first; second, a North Carolinian by adoption; third, a Southerner, and finally, an American. Like Leslie Tucker, I am disturbed by the destruction of history that continues by means of the removal of Confederate monuments. Supposedly this is due to the War for Southern Independence being caused by slavery and the monuments to Confederate soldiers being built as symbols of racism. Tucker effectively answers this charge in an unusual way: he presents the history of the American South from colonial times to the present day. He attacks a group of historians he calls the “librevs,” or “liberal revisionists,” who seek to disparage the South for slavery and for its racist policies against Blacks that began in the late 1880s and 1890s.


  1. Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered, and the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the party is always right." George Orwell 1984