Monthly Archives: October 2013

Abraham Lincoln and the Todds

Stephen Berry wrote a terrific book, House of Abraham, about Lincoln’s relationship with the Todd Family. He gave a great presentation to the Lincoln Forum in 2011. The video can be seen here. He also looks a lot like Jackie Earl Haley.

Lincoln as a Naval War Leader

Craig Symonds is always terrific.

CWI Summer Conference Video

The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has released a short video commercial about themselves that’s pretty good. The CWI conference is a terrific experience.  I’ve learned a great deal each time I’ve attended.  Every time I leave this conference I wish it was longer.

Lincoln, the North, and Secession

This is Russell McClintock at the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium. A major feature is why the Republicans didn’t want to compromise during the secession crisis.

Robert Todd Lincoln in His Father’s Shadow?

This is a presentation by Jason Emerson given at the 2010 Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium. He gives us a view of Robert Todd Lincoln we usually don’t get.

Barbecue Rebels

Kevin Levin has a great post on his blog regarding changes at Maurice Bessinger’s barbecue restaurants. You can see the post here. I highly recommend the clip from the Jon Stewart show with Stephen Colbert interviewing the patriarch of the business, Maurice Bessinger.  It’s hilarious. Also funny are the comments section of the article on […]

Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation Viewed in England

Here’s Amanda Foreman speaking at the 2011 Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium on how the British viewed the Emancipation Proclamation, the American Civil War, and the fate of slavery in the US.

A Solomon Northup Postscript

What happened to Solomon Northup after he regained his freedom? We don’t really know his ultimate fate, according to this story.

Prof. Robertson at Bristoe Station

This is why I loved the Civil War History class in college. Hat tip to Clint Schemmer.

Twelve Years a Slave

The movie with all the buzz right now is Twelve Years a Slave, which is the story of Solomon Northup, a real-life person who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Antebellum South.  Like most of you, I’m looking forward to seeing it.  In the meantime, there is plenty of commentary about the movie.  Not content […]