Originally posted on Exploring the Past:
A colleague and I recently engaged in a fascinating discussion comparing and contrasting works of “popular history” and “academic history.” Through this conversation I realized that I’m not sure how to define the proper criteria for what constitutes a work of “popular history.” Does a work of historical scholarship…

This is another fine book of essays edited by Gary Gallagher. The first essay, by Professor Gallagher, concerns, “I Have to Make the Best of What I Have:  Robert E. Lee at Spotsylvania.”  He tells us, “The Spotsylvania campaign marked a crossroads for Robert E. Lee in his handling of senior subordinates in the Army […]

Originally posted on The Gettysburg Compiler:
by Bryan Caswell ’15 and Heather Clancy ’15 Heather: In our last post, Bryan and I explored the unique challenges that the reenacting hobby poses to the interpretation and public understanding of the American Civil War. In it, we touched on just a few of the many motivations that…

Here’s Supervisory Ranger Angie Atkinson giving a terrific program on the Irish Brigade as part of the Gettysburg National Military Park’s summer campfire series of lectures.  One thing, though:  she needs to pronounce Col. Thomas Meagher’s name correctly.  It’s pronounced, “MARR.”  Other than that, a great job.

Here’s a wonderful panel put together by Matt Pinsker at Dickinson College covering the press in wartime.  The panelists are talking about current events, but notice how Matt keeps interjecting points about the Civil War, showing that issues the country wrestled with during the Civil War era are alive and well today.  The past is a […]

Here’s Stephen Berry of the University of Georgia giving a very powerful presentation on “When Metal Meets Mettle:  The Hard Realities of Civil War Soldiering.”  This was the 2014 Roller Bottimore Lecture at the American Civil War Museum. The video’s description says, “University of Georgia Professor Stephen Berry lectured on the difficult and often gruesome […]

Here’s Todd Arrington, Chief of Interpretation and Education at the James A. Garfield National Historical Site talking about interpreting controversial history at America’s national parks. If you’re a fan of the National Park Service like I am, you will enjoy this video. http://supmediasite.passhe.edu/Mediasite/Play/a9be3b155ff94ed18943a711e8a9fe781d

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