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Gettysburg College, Bias In Academia & Scholarship
http://oldvirginiablog.blogspot.com/ ^ | 09/07/2012 | Richard Williams

Posted on 09/07/2012 4:28:22 PM PDT by Davy Buck

Does anyone really believe it's a stretch to suggest that academic history bloggers are also "motivated by 'culture war' dynamics that tended to conflate religious and political conservatives in responding to adversaries?"

(Excerpt) Read more at oldvirginiablog.blogspot.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Education; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: academia; bias; confederacy; south

1 posted on 09/07/2012 4:28:27 PM PDT by Davy Buck
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To: Davy Buck
Sad to see the history department at my alma mater take this turn, but it almost seemed inevitable. When I went, the History Department and Civil War Institute were the crown jewels of the college. The Historical Methods Course, required of all undergrad history majors was one of the most feared and demanding courses on the campus. All of the history profs from my years there have retired and/or passed away; they were mostly all WWII vets. Admittedly the poli-sci department was a hot bed of leftists and there was little love lost between the two departments.
2 posted on 09/07/2012 4:38:14 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Davy Buck

And exactly what is your point??


3 posted on 09/07/2012 4:49:12 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Joe 6-pack
What I hear, Gettysberg is shrinking and barely surviving financially. There's a lot of that going around among progressive colleges, especially those who are derelict in keeping their founding faith. The old historic seminary building may well end up part of the Park sometime soon.
4 posted on 09/07/2012 4:51:44 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
It's sad too. It used to be a highly regarded institution. They've made some decisions over the years that have resulted in my sending tersely worded letters rather than alumni donations.

I'm pretty confident I'm not the only one.

5 posted on 09/07/2012 4:56:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

You are correct. I was there in 80’s and History Dept was top notch, Poli Sci infested with hard lefties who insulted Reagan at every opportunity.

Did you know Dr. Bruce Bugbee ?


6 posted on 09/07/2012 4:58:55 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Col Frank Slade

Yep. Dr. Bugbee became a good personal friend of mine; we took a number of trips down to DC museums on weekends, and he spoke at my commissioning. I was there from ‘87 to ‘91. Bruce passed away in the summer of ‘94.


7 posted on 09/07/2012 5:02:59 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I took Dr. Bugbee’s Middle East History class. His knowledge of the region was incredible.

He would go to the Pentagon on weekends and return to class the next week with stories of the Iranian hostage crisis.

He warned us someday Iran would try to blocade the Strait.


8 posted on 09/07/2012 5:12:29 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Col Frank Slade
He used to joke about covering "everything from art to artillery" :-)

I double majored in History and Art History, and he had a profound interest in, and extensive knowledge of medieval art. I loved how he used to swagger about campus leaning forward with his arms swinging back and forth like he was going up a gangplank. I also remember how, if somebody would raise their hand in class in anything that vaguely resembled a nazi salute, he'd chide them about it and tell them, "we fought a war over that."

9 posted on 09/07/2012 5:18:53 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ha yes. Everyone thought he was a crackpot but he was a very brilliant man. Part of our fraternity initiation was at his castle home out near the battlefield.

Good times.


10 posted on 09/07/2012 5:27:39 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Col Frank Slade

Remember Basil Crapster? He retired my Sophomor year...


11 posted on 09/07/2012 5:37:02 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Sure do, I never took a class with him but we had History majors who did. I took a class with Norman Forness also. I was a Poli Sci major with the likes of Borock, Bonneau, and Ken Mott.

Mott was the only moderate in the entire department.

He used to do a great JFK impersonation in class.


12 posted on 09/07/2012 5:44:51 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Col Frank Slade

Was D.G. Tannenbaum there when you were? He was another left-leaner. I had Wade Hook for a sociology class...he was (like Bugbee) a brilliant eccentric.


13 posted on 09/07/2012 5:48:46 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yes I took a course with Tannenbaum also. I remember “Dr. Hook” too. There were some real eccentrics there.


14 posted on 09/07/2012 5:54:48 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Joe 6-pack

No surprise about this, I can’t say I know much about the college per say, but I know that they heavily influence our school district and that there are 3 current/retired professors on our school board.


15 posted on 09/07/2012 5:58:50 PM PDT by Gennie
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To: Col Frank Slade

The good ole days indeed. It’s a definite walk down memory lane hearing some of these names.


16 posted on 09/07/2012 5:59:04 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack; Col Frank Slade

Out of curiosity, did either of you remember an Elaine Jones? I believe she was an English professor, but is now retired and on our school board.


17 posted on 09/07/2012 6:01:01 PM PDT by Gennie
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To: Gennie

Sorry...doesn’t ring any bells with me.


18 posted on 09/07/2012 6:03:40 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

That’s okay, I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask!


19 posted on 09/07/2012 6:06:04 PM PDT by Gennie
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To: Joe 6-pack

Doesn’t sound familiar.

I was there ‘78-’82


20 posted on 09/07/2012 6:07:19 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Davy Buck

Um - well - the union won there, right?

Pro-union does *not* equal liberal.

Dr. Guelzo is a staunch conservative. But he’s pretty much anti-rebellion. Did you know you can be both?


21 posted on 09/07/2012 6:14:58 PM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: Joe 6-pack

Wish I would have been there! I had history chosen as my major and college choices down to 4, with Gettysburg being one of them. Would have been there ‘88-’92. We might have met! Instead, at 18, even as a girl, Division 1 Football and Basketball made my final decision on college choice. Live and learn.


22 posted on 09/07/2012 6:20:01 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Davy Buck

Hubs went to the Army War College in Carlisle and kid went to lacrosse camp at Gettysburg College...
One of our favorite places to be stationed...got the kid interested in history...he and a friend later re-enacted in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Too bad abt the school...a sign of the times.


23 posted on 09/07/2012 6:30:39 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Davy Buck; Col Frank Slade; Gennie; MacMattico
Happy Birthday Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, b. Sept. 8, 1828...

"We know not of the future, and cannot plan for it much. But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and such ideals, and dream such dreams of lofty purpose, that we can determine and know what manner of men we will be whenever and wherever the hour strikes, that calls to noble action."

~Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain


24 posted on 09/08/2012 8:51:57 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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