Views
1 week ago

Albemarle Tradewinds August 2015 Web Final

August 2015

A tale of two Civil Wars

A tale of two Civil Wars By Matt Morrison Defender 1 Self Defense If your church or civic organization would like a free 1 hour seminar on the Defender 1 feel free to give Personal Security Academy a call @ 252 312 2302. Defender 1 is a non- lethal self-defense tool It is often said that history is written by the victors. But sometimes, the losers get a piece of it too. Once a society decides to rewrite such “minority report” chapters of history based on modern cultural values considered more morally acceptable, a difficult struggle ensues. Many opine the demise of the last vestiges of a romanticized lost time, the disappearance of which is seen as a casualty of a teleological, politically correct rewriting of history. “Legislating monuments doesn’t rectify injustices of the past,” according to the conservative view, “it just fumbles around with the symbols of history, reminding us why we devise them in the first place.” But times change and old wounds are often forced open. “Okay, yes, it’s a bit unfair to criticize our parents’ generation,” one man in favor of removing offensive monuments said, “it’s also true that most people even today don’t complain about the monuments because they’re used to living with them. Our parents’ generation still has some fear of confrontation… [but] years after the civil war we cannot allow these monuments that perpetuate discrimination.” You may be surprised to hear these are not quotes from this side of the Atlantic. They are from a 2008 New York Times article about Spain’s decision to remove many symbols of Francisco Franco’s fascist regime. For a long time, Spaniards embraced an impressive degree of doublethink when confronting their civil war and its aftermath, neither denouncing Nationalist tyranny nor recognizing Republican atrocities. Too many families with grandparents on both sides of the conflict would face too much pain. But today, 40 years since Franco’s death, almost two generations of Spaniards have grown up without ever living under fascism thanks to Juan Carlos Bourbon’s careful maneuvering in restoring democracy. Spain, like the United States, may have finally reached an age in which it can objectively rediscover its civil war history without the insecurity of partisan divides. Several years ago I was in a class with noted antebellum historian Melvin Ely. He suggested that perhaps no other nation on earth romanticized the soldiers on a losing side in one of its civil wars the way we do. However, a well-traveled classmate of mine quickly objected, claiming that in Spain many feel a high degree of melodramatic passion for the Republicans while overlooking their overall mission. Perhaps because they lost to a pro-industrial, heavy-handed regime which discounted regional identities, the Republicans simply became the pivotal alternative in popular memory, often portrayed as a relic of a simpler, rustic agrarian utopia of former times. (Sound familiar?) Expat correspondents, most famously George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway, especially promoted these stereotypes during the war. But both sides committed atrocities, both relied heavily on foreign aide, and both adhered to beliefs most of us would find objectionable today. Pre-war Spain was not as backward as commonly believed, and the supposed Republican patriot fighting for his home was usually fighting for an extreme Marxist cause in reality. The Spanish situation is complicated by the fact that both sides really lost in the long run with the Bourbon restoration, but besides this there are strong parallels to American Civil War historical memory and our current discussion over monuments and misappropriated symbols. We should take a page from Iberia and not be afraid to dissect an ugly past, while recognizing it is the past and not being afraid to confront directly those who would use it to fuel a modern agenda of conflict. Useful links: Hemingway glorifying opponents of the Nationalists & a simpler Spain: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/scw/hemingway.htm Spanish doublethink, stereotypes of simpler times, & the reality: http://www.expatica.com/es/insider-views/local-culture/Not-Hemingways-Spain-Two-Spains-the-Spanish-Civil-War_ 107532.html NY Times article about monuments removal. Slideshow is useful for quotes: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/arts/design/13kimm.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2& Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia: http://www.george-orwell.org/Homage_to_Catalonia/index.html 28 Albemarle Tradewinds August 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

Historic Chesapeake Buyboats to Cruise into Elizabeth City, N.C. Aug. 5-7 Graceful wooden vessels part of Virginia, North Carolina boating history For the past decade, members of the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association have taken its fleet of historic fishing boats to the water in an annual reunion tour, with stops at selected ports of call that connect to the Chesapeake Bay. Elizabeth City, N.C. will be a featured stop on this year’s 11th annual tour, Aug. 5-7, offering the public a rare chance to view 10 of the historic boats and learn about their origin. The graceful wooden vessels, also known as deck or oyster boats, were prevalent in the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina sounds in the early-to-mid 20th century. Providing a time-saving service between the oyster fisherman and the processing houses, buyboat owners cruised to where the fisherman worked on the water, loaded their boats with the freshly-caught bivalves and headed directly to the shucking houses to drop off that day’s catch. At the time, there were no highways or small bridges connecting the Chesapeake Bay tributaries, so the buyboats offered a speedy alternative to trucking the seafood to market. When oyster season was over, the owners used the boats to cart fresh produce, lumber, grain and even livestock to market. They were even outfitted with pumps during World War II, serving as fire boats for the Norfolk area. “In their hey-day, these boats were the tractor trailer for the region,” said Theodore Parish, owner of the Nellie Crockett which dates to 1925 and will be part of the tour. “When the combustion engine became reliable, boat owners cut off the masts and could get to market no matter how the winds were blowing.” Beginning in the 1960s, as the seafood harvest declined and highways became the mode of travel, the large graceful buy boats faded from local waters. Today, there are approximately 30 buy boats in existence, many of which are owned and have been restored by members of the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association. Re-creating the 1900-1960 trade route, this year’s reunion tour will begin in Poquoson, Va., and make its way to Elizabeth City via the historic Dismal Swamp Canal, with stops planned afterwards in Manteo, Coinjock and Chesapeake. In Elizabeth City, the boats will be docked along the downtown waterfront at Mariners’ Wharf, Aug. 5-7, and open to the public to view on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For info on the Elizabeth City stop, visit www.discoverelizabethcity.com or call the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-ECity- 4U. Photo courtesy of David Cantera. Historic Chesapeake Bay Buyboats Muriel Eileen and Nellie Crockett. Elizabeth City is the “Harbor of Hospitality®” Elizabeth City is located in northeastern North Carolina on the Intracoastal Waterway, halfway between Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks. Known as the “Harbor of Hospitality,” the city has six National Register Historic Districts and is home to the Museum of the Albemarle, The Center at Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City State University Planetarium, Port Discover Hands-on Science Center and one of the largest U.S. Coast Guard air stations in the Continental United States. Nature-based travelers are drawn to the area’s proximity to the Dismal Swamp and the abundance of outdoor recreational offerings. For additional information, call Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-ECity-4U (1-866-324-8948) or visit DiscoverElizabethCity.com $5.99 These little flashlights are bright! They take a AA battery and are great to keep in the car or to go hunting with. Buy a couple at this price! Available at River City Computers 252-562-0987 facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds JAugust 2015 29