I came across this article in the Harvard Gazette. It’s an excerpt from Dr. Donald Yacovone’s new book, Teaching White Supremacy: America’s Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of Our National Identity. “Several years ago I began a study of the antislavery movement’s legacy. I focused on the century after 1865 to understand how the ‘collective’ […]

This book, edited by Professor Wesley Moody, contains seven essays, each of which center on a specific myth surrounding the Civil War. The Introduction tells us, “One common and reasonable criticism of modern historians is that we overspecialize. In the case of the Civil War, we often over-sub-specialize, and this can lead to problems in […]

We begin with this article out of Matthews, VA. “Former county board member Jerry Sadler solemnly doffed his red ‘Make America Great Again’ hat as he approached the microphone. ‘The Lord commanded us to love one another,’ he began in a quiet voice. ‘I don’t hate anybody.’ But. ‘But I detest some people’s demeanor and […]

I found this article from 2021 discussing the Clinton Massacre during Reconstruction. “A parade, political speeches about the upcoming November election, a barbecue picnic, music and ice cream: Sept. 4, 1875, dawned clear and promised Black residents of the idyllic Mississippi college town of Clinton, Mississippi, a fine day to enjoy the Republican Party rally on […]

This article contains an interview with Donald Miller concerning his book on the Vicksburg campaign. Regarding his research, Miller says, “I visited 62 archives and uncovered well over 1,000 letters from soldiers who were not abolitionists but were eager to liberate slaves in order to destroy the Confederacy’s military economy and punish the South for […]

I came across this 2019 article in the New Yorker by Professor Eric Alterman. “Having ignored questions of economic inequality for decades, economists and other scholars have recently discovered a panoply of effects that go well beyond the fact that some people have too much money and many don’t have enough. Inequality affects our physical […]

This article has been making the rounds among historians on Twitter the last couple days. “Americans may know the story of Crazy Horse, the Lakota warrior who led the rout of United States Army forces at Little Bighorn, or of Chief Joseph, the Nez Percé leader whose eloquent protest against his people’s forced removal to a reservation […]

This article tells us about the Slave Dwelling Project in South Carolina. “As the campaign to quash the teachings of America’s brutal history of slavery intensifies, Joseph McGill Jr. has waged a counterattack by way of a poignant three-day conference in this antebellum port town that was once responsible for the most sales and transports […]

Here’s a pretty good interview with Professor Eric Foner. One quote to emphasize: “We can’t accept the principle that the way to judge a course of study is by how much money you will make. It’s important to study history if you want to be an intelligent citizen in a democracy.” Here is the interview […]

We begin with this article from North Carolina. “A North Carolina Superior Court judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the NAACP in which the group called for the removal of a Confederate statue from in front of the Alamance County historic courthouse. State law prohibits the removal of monuments, memorials or works of […]