We have this opinion piece from Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center, and Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, discussing Abraham Lincoln’s reaction to Roger B. Taney’s ruling in the case of Ex Parte Merryman. He tells us, “It has long been thought and taught that President […]

The new movie, Birth of a Nation, opened to disappointing reviews, which was a bit surprising based on the ovations it got at the Sundance Film Festival. While some of the negative reaction could be attributed to earlier rape charges against the film makers, it seems the movie itself is not as good as we were […]

Here’s Professor Ed Ayers giving a wonderful talk on Reconstruction in a Banner Lecture at the Virginia Historical Society.

I came across this excellent article and just had to share it. William Black is a Ph.D. candidate at Rice University. In this article he recounts his intellectual growth from a neconfederate to someone who actually knows history. His article shows that even someone with neoconfederate beliefs can change if they just have the intellectual curiosity, […]

I wrote about the third day of CWI 2016 here. You can see the panel on “Lessons Learned by the U.S. Military from the Civil War” here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?410244-2/military-lessons-civil-war The conversation on “The Reconstruction of Southern Womanhood” is here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?410244-3/reconstruction-southern-women The panel discussion on Reconstruction Era historical sites is here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?410244-4/reconstruction-era-historic-sites You can see Scott Hartwig’s […]

Sid Miller, a Texas Agricultural Commissioner, recently shared with us his total ignorance of American History. Responding to a Washington Post column supporting the Veterans Administration’s decision to ban the confederate flag from permanently fixed flagpoles in National Cemeteries, Miller posted on Facebook, ” I understand that there are many different opinions about the War Between the States, […]

Pat Hardy, a member of the Texas State Board of Education, is a clueless clod when it comes to the Civil War, and she wants to make sure school children in that state remain as ignorant as she is about history. According to this doofus, slavery was a “side issue to the Civil War.” She claims, […]