Brooks D. Simpson is possibly one of the more well known Yankee historians (and I use that term with a grin) who shapes young minds at Arizona State University. The author of six books, Simpson is perhaps best known for his work on Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865, published by Houghton Mifflin in 2000 (the book was a New York Times Notable Book and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for that year). But perhaps more telling is the fact that in 2009, the U. S. State Department asked him to travel to Turkey for two weeks to lecture on Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama in historical context. (See his wikipedia page here)
Mr. Simpson, recently attacked DiLorenzo’s Jeffersonian worldview through a scholarly smack-down by stating, “I’m sure that those people who deplore the Lincoln movie or anything else about the sixteenth president will cite DiLorenzo as the ultimate authority on such matters. Maybe some of them are signing on to those secession petitions as we speak…” (read more about DiLorenzo’s body of work and anti-Federalist views here)
And then in his November 18 post, Simpson discusses the attention the Secession movement has been getting – and does so through poking a bit of fun. However, he does rightly discuss that, “Not all of these petitions are going to the White House … and, truth be told, they shouldn’t,” Simpson says. “If secession’s an act by residents of a state looking for their state to secede, one would petition the governor or the state legislature. Such is the case in a petition presented by one Missouri secessionist blog.” (Which happens to be Missouri Tenth – but we should point out that we’d actually describe ourselves as a States’ Rights blog).
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