Monthly Archives: December 2013

Lincoln and Race

This is a book by Richard Striner and part of Southern Illinois University Press’ Concise Lincoln Library series.  These are short books that focus on a single aspect of Lincoln and can be read in a single sitting.  They serve as great ways to make the latest scholarship on Lincoln accessible to a large number […]

Why Did Florida Secede?

Florida also wrote a Declaration of Causes, though it wasn’t published. Here’s what they had to say:  [begin quote] The people of the State of Florida assembled in Convention having declared the separation of the state from the confederacy of the United States of America and resumed all the powers granted to the Government of […]

Mary Todd Lincoln

Jean Baker discusses Mary Todd Lincoln here: At the end she discusses her disagreement with Michael Burlingame’s view of Mary.

Lincoln and His Admirals

Here’s another video of Craig Symonds giving the Naval side of the war: Craig is an outstanding lecturer and always a pleasure to watch and hear.

Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Vote

The Chief [Frank Williams] talking about Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Vote in the 1864 Election. In 1864, Lincoln ran for re-election against George B. McClellan, who had been the most popular general the Union army had.

Lincoln’s Humor

This is Richard Carwardine talking about Lincoln’s use of humor and political satire in the 1860s. The lesson to be learned from the beginning is to not make your introduction of the speaker too long and rambling off the topic of who is the speaker, what the speaker is talking about, and why it’s […]

Lincoln and the West

Here’s James McPherson at the Lincoln Forum on Abraham Lincoln and the West: Is it me or does he usually take a long time to get substantive?

Another I-95 Update

Here’s a report from WTVR, the CBS affiliate in Richmond, on the current situation at the I-95 site of the Racists Welcome in Richmond flag.  I guess they saw me take pictures.

Pies in the Clouds

The Civil War Trust came out with a new analysis of the reasons for secession.  Brooks and Kevin, among others, have already posted on this.  The discussions in the comments of both are worth reviewing. The folks at Civil War Trust did a content analysis of the four published Declarations of Causes, counting the words used […]

Why Did South Carolina Secede?

South Carolina was the first state to secede after Abraham Lincoln’s election.  They also provided us a statement of the reasons why they were seceding: [begin quote] Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union The people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention […]