Monthly Archives: October 2013

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 […]

James Oakes at Dickinson College

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Prof. James Oakes, Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York Graduate Center.  The lecture was at the Stern Center on the campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.  The lecture was titled, “The Emancipation Proclamation:  Myths and Realities.”  It was sponsored […]

Are Neoconfederates Crazy?

You be the judge: One of the usual suspects at the Gift That Keeps On Giving posted this: Someone posted this response: You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

Civil War History vs. Memory

This is an excellent lecture by Gary Gallagher at the Chautauqua Institution on the difference between history and memory of historical events and why we should view events from the standpoint of looking forward rather than looking backward.  

Lincoln Does His Duty as a Statesman

This is William Lee Miller from the 2008 Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium.  This is a pretty good presentation.