Monthly Archives: December 2015

Aftermath of Slavery to Reconstruction

Here’s Professor Shawn Leigh Alexander of the University of Kansas delivering a lecture on what happened after slavery’s end. The video’s description reads, “Shawn Leigh Alexander spoke about the era in between the end of slavery and the beginning of segregation. Professor Alexander talked about the failed Civil Rights Act of 1875, the Supreme Court ‘s […]

Shortridge et al v. Macon

The citation for this case is 22 Fed. Cas. 20, Case No. 12,812. The case is from June, 1867 in the Circuit Court for the District of North Carolina, with Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase presiding. Shortridge and his co-plaintiffs were citizens of Pennsylvania who loaned money to Macon, a citizen of North Carolina. In […]

The Civil War: An American Iliad

This book by Otto Eisenschiml and Ralph Newman was originally The American Iliad: The Epic Story of the Civil War. You can download and read the original version for free here. Like Richard Harwell’s The Union Reader and The Confederate Reader, this book relies on words of the participants to tell most of the story, though many of […]

“A few of my ancestors had slaves, and they loved and provided for them”

From Hilton Head Island, South Carolina comes this letter. The writer is no doubt sincere in her beliefs, but obviously hasn’t thought things through. “Slavery was an atrocity; slave traders should have been prosecuted. Yes, a few of my ancestors had slaves, and they loved and provided for them.” Yes, that’s why they would send […]

But It’s Not Racist

We have this story out of Florida. Susan Thompson was an employee of the Jacksonville, Florida office of the Army Corps of Engineers. She’s white. She had an argument with a black co-worker. In June, after that confrontation and a continuing contentious relationship between the two, she printed out an image of a confederate flag and […]

United States v. Smith

The citation for this case is 27 Fed. Cas. 1138, Case No. 16,320. It’s an 1855 case from the Circuit Court of the Southern District of New York, decided on February 24, 1855 and presided over by Justice Samuel Nelson and Federal Judge Samuel R. Betts. James Smith was charged with being a slave trader, […]

Aloha Friday December 25, 2015 Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka [Merry Christmas], everyone, and also Hau’oli Makahiki Hou [Happy New Year]. For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, Hau’oli Lanui [Happy Holidays]. It was 67 degrees this morning when I awoke, making me almost feel like I was back in Hawai’i for an instant. Here are a couple videos for a Hawai’ian Christmas. First, […]

Dear Gov. Bush: It’s a 19th, 20th, and 21st Century Issue

On the heels of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying in effect that every school in the country would be above average if she were president [apparently she doesn’t know what “average” means], former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was at a campaign event when a gentleman in the audience said, “Anybody killing any other […]

Re-evaluating Mary Lincoln

In this lecture, Professor Catherine Clinton gives us what I think is a very accurate view of Mary Lincoln. I have a soft spot for Mary Lincoln, personally, and I think we need to cut her some slack. The video’s description reads, “Author Catherine Clinton talked about the changing historical narratives about President Lincoln’s wife, […]

The Confederate Reader

This book by Richard B. Harwell is the companion to his book, The Union Reader, reviewed earlier. Like the previous book, this book relies on hearing from the people who lived through the events to tell the story of the events. One thing about it is there is a slight but noticeable decrease in the percentage […]