Gettysburg College students Bryan Caswell and Heather Clancy are discussing reenacting in a series of posts on the Gettysburg Compiler, the blog maintained by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. In this installment they discuss reenacting as a “gateway drug” to the lost cause interpretation. In my interactions with many reenactors over the years on the internet, I’ve developed the impression that this is likely. I should make clear first and foremost that a number of reenactors have an excellent outlook on history and maintain accuracy, avoiding the lost cause mythology. Unfortunately, they have been the exception of my experience, which I’m the first to say is not a representative sample. I think this is worthy of some additional study.
Point/Counterpoint: An Insidious Cycle