Jefferson Davis wrote his famous memoir, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, at the relatively modest plantation house, Beauvoir, overlooking the Gulf in Biloxi, Mississippi. Davis was enabled to purchase the house on very favorable terms through the kindness of a wealthy widow who was a Confederate patriot.
Davis died at Beauvoir, after writing there his monumental “Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government.”
Recently, a Woke Romance authoress discovered that Beauvoir was a designated literary landmark, and complained.
The Executive Committee of United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, voted unanimously on Friday, June 12, to rescind the Literary Landmark status of Beauvoir, the house of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.
Moreover, they voted unanimously to immediately establish a joint working group with the associationâ€™s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services. The group will review both the guidelines for issuing the designation and the status of the other Literary Landmarks. A formal declaration of the de-designation and a statement about the rescindment are forthcoming.
This news followed my inquiry to United for Libraries asking why Beauvoir was worthy of Literary Landmark status. I also asked whether there were circumstances under which they would rescind a designation.
President Davis thus joined Melvil Dewey, created of the Dewey Decimal System, and Laura Ingalls Wilder as former American Library Association (ALA) honorees retrospectively stripped of their laurels for wrong think by current standards.
Isn’t democracy wonderful? An airheaded bimbo today can assume the dais and pass definitive and categorical condemnation on a major figure in American history, a hero of the Mexican War, a Senator, a Secretary of War, and the elected President of the new republic of eleven seceded states.
I visited his house in 1964. I’m not sure that is it. I believe his house was destroyed in a hurricane a few years back. Perhaps this is a replacement home on the same lot.
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