This article is about Professor Sam Wineburg’s latest book, Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone). I enjoy Professor Wineburg’s take on history education. We learn what “frames” Professor Wineburg’s book: “Many people equate ‘historical knowledge’ with nothing more than facts, names, and dates. So if a five-inch handheld device can tell you faster […]

Here is Dr. Yael Sternhell of Tel Aviv University giving a presentation at the American Civil War Museum on the compilation and publishing of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. The video’s description reads, “Dr. Yael Sternhell explores the unexpectedly fascinating backstory of the wartime documents that became the Official Records. You’ll never […]

This book by Professor Paul Nagel is more of a discussion about the belief in the Union rather than a history of the Union itself. In its earliest years, “The Union was no more sure than the tactics the United States used to defend itself. Union was, in fact, a stratagem for the occasion, as […]

Donald Trump has said quite a few bizarre things. He now thinks he knows something about American history. As usual, he’s delusional. [See stories here, here, and here] ” ‘[Ohio] also gave you a general who was incredible. He drank a little bit too much. You know who I’m talking about right? So Robert E. Lee […]

Here’s Ranger Bert Dunkerly of the Richmond National Battlefield Park discussing his list of the top ten major turning points of the Civil War. It’s a pretty good presentation. The video’s description reads, “Historian and National Park Service ranger Robert Dunkerly listed his top 10 turning points of the Civil War. This talk was part of a symposium on hosted […]

This panel discussion comes to us from the Emerging Civil War blog’s 2018 symposium. It’s a decent discussion, though I think they should have defined what a turning point is a lot earlier in the discussion. The video’s description reads, “A panel of historians explored the people and battles considered pivotal to the outcome of […]

Here’s former Supervisory Ranger D. Scott Hartwig giving his usual outstanding performance in a presentation to the Emerging Civil War blog’s 2018 symposium. This is truly excellent and well worth watching. The video’s description reads, “Scott Hartwig, the former supervisory historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, talked about the lead up to the September 1862 Battle […]