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Civil War historians usually place Tennessee among the border states,
Nothing to do with this conversation, but it's just something I like people to know: when Southern congressmen put out the segregationist "Southern Manifesto" in the mid-1950s, 7 of 11 Tennesseans did not sign, including the fathers of Howard Baker and Al Gore.
I haven't had an American History class since the 1960s. When I was in high school, the border states were listed as Missouri, Tennessee, Maryland, and Delaware. Apparently, this has changed, or my HS teacher had it wrong.
Greg - Thanks! I don't have this kind of info because I went to Vanderbilt, which is in Tennessee. Vandy is (and was) the "brains school" of the SEC at the time - Vandy and Tulane, although Vandy was the stronger school at the time. Even so, the student base was very southern, because if you were smart and from the south, Vandy was calling you. Vandy's administration was, at the time, trying to integrate the SEC, which they did with basketball player Perry Wallace. But the students didn't always keep up. One incident that I remember real well: When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, the news got to Vandy's radio station. Apparently, the people there weren't sure who should do this breaking news, because none of them were certain that they had the right attitude to make this sound as horrible as it was. I had never had anything to do with the radio station - didn't even know where the studio was - but they called me to do the news that night. I was active in the theater, and apparently one of the theater guys said that he knew a guy with a good voice and also the right attitude to take this VERY seriously. I seem to have done a good job; no one said a word for 2 minutes after I stopped. But the main point is that the radio and theater guys, who fancied themselves the independent thinkers, were aware that they might be a bit too southern in attitude to do that broadcast. I had long since learned not to talk too much about civil rights or politics in general, because the other students had troubles swallowing my politics whole. This was in 1968; I have no idea what it was like in 1900. But I did get into the mental habit of not asking about things like northern migration from the south in the 1800s. So your info is a real help to me.
#53 As noted there were large parts of the state that were pro-union. Now the term "border state" means something to most people and Tennessee doesn't qualify, but it doesn't strike me as nuts to use it WRT to Tennessee.
I always love your Vandy stories.
Historians of the Civil War always class Tennessee as Confederate. It had a sizable loyalist population, but so did northern Alabama.
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