What Less-Than-Authentic Things Can We Embrace?
I've just dropped in on this forum after re-watching some scenes from the 1989 movie "Glory."
A few times during the movie my thoughts turned to a few reenactments I have attended over the past years in which I noticed a sprinkling of black soldiers mingled in the Union ranks. Of course, this is not authentic -- there was no racial integration in the ranks.
But how do we decide when to embrace things that are not authentic? Personally, I have felt thrilled to see black reenactors in the ranks, incorrect though it is. How can we say, "No, you cannot reenact unless you can find an all-black company, with white officers. That's the only correct way."
I just hear and read some criticism of "wrong" things in reenacting, and I was just wondering when there are times that we should welcome "inaccuracies" (even if they mislead the uninformed public some).
"I am not a general, nor the son of a general, but having been right on the ground for four years, feel that I am entitled to an opinion." (William E. Bevens, First Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.)