David Lee McMullen

David Lee McMullenDavid Lee McMullen is an historian who has taught southern history at universities in North Carolina and Florida. He is the author of Strike! The Radical Insurrections of Ellen Dawson, the biography of the co-director of the infamous 1929 Loray Mill Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina.

The Myth Behind What Happened in Charleston

Charleston Confederate Flag

David Lee McMullen: Bringing down that flag is an important first step, but that action alone will not end the cultural conflict that has lasted for more than a century, a conflict that continues to wage a propaganda war for the hearts and minds of all Americans, especially those living in the South.

The Manhattan Declaration and “Traditional” Marriage

David Lee McMullen

David Lee McMullen: With respect to same sex marriage, the connection is not immediately clear, not until one looks at the language used in the Manhattan Declaration – “the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife.” Fundamentalists see marriage as the basic structure upon which a male-dominated society is built. Traditional family relationships allow heterosexual men to maintain control of their “property.” Alternative unions threaten this power.