Follow up on “Why Two North Carolina Sesquicentennial Websites?”
Some more thoughts on this.
This interesting existence of two Sesquicentennial websites certainly begs the questions: Why did North Carolina citizens feel it necessary that a privately-funded resource be created to fully tell the story of their State in that war. Why do citizens, who support the North Carolina Department of Archives & History with their hard-earned tax dollars, distrust this state agency and its employees? And why did Archives & History take such a costly in-house project on when citizens are demanding lower state government spending? And especially when all the information and topics covered in their website are easily available from online sources, privately-funded books, and in libraries?
Also, the spokesman for the civil war site stated that there are new viewpoints today to be considered, and the reporter declares that traditionalist interpretations are not fading away. First, what is wrong with retaining traditional interpretations if nothing new has been discovered; and how can there be new interpretations today when the known facts and participants have not changed? This can only mean that the politically-controlled NC Department of Archives & History is intentionally promoting revisionist history when their charge is simply to preserve historic documents and reference material. And it seems obvious then that www.ncwbts150.com is the voice of the people, presenting North Carolina’s involvement through the eyes and words of those who participated. I would trust that interpretation over a politically-harnessed government bureaucrat any day.