*Update - Kevin responds here. Of course, he misses the whole point - or chose to ignore it since he didn't quite know how to respond. He does insinuate in one of his follow up comments that I'm not qualified to criticize academia because I don't know anything about it. So, since I'm not part of academia, I can't observe and form opinions, based on facts and empirical evidence? That's quite an interesting position to take. Logic would then dictate that Kevin will no longer be able to observe, post, and comment on organizations like the UDC (I don't think he qualifies for membership), nor the SCV (I don't think he qualifies for membership), nor living in the South (since he doesn't), nor any aspect of Southern heritage (since he has none). Unless, of course, there is one standard of posting and commenting for him and a different one for everyone else.
Moreover, he calls my frequent references to academia "tired." If that's true, why does my hit count from .edu IP addresses always go up when I comment on that topic?
(End of update.)
Among academic historians.
*Kevin Levin believes the Confederacy was the forerunner to the Soviet Union. They loved centralization of power.
David Blight believes the Confederacy was the forerunner to the modern Tea Party. They hated centralization of power.
A rather adaptable bunch, ain't they?
Of course, Kevin seems to forget this was a war-time government fighting what they viewed as an invasion. The CSA never knew anything other than a war footing. The war drove every decision and there is no other time nor circumstance with which to compare. That tends to skew any discussion or comparison regarding centralization of power in the Confederate States.