Monthly Archives: October 2016

Mike Pence at Gettysburg

Originally posted on Crossroads:
I found this video of Indiana governor Mike Pence’s visit to Gettysburg earlier this month to be an interesting overview of what Indiana regiments did at the battle … and John Hoptak did the NPS proud, as could be expected.

Did President Lincoln defy a court order by Chief Justice Taney?

We have this opinion piece from Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center, and Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, discussing Abraham Lincoln’s reaction to Roger B. Taney’s ruling in the case of Ex Parte Merryman. He tells us, “It has long been thought and taught that President […]

The Birth of a Nation and Nat Turner’s Rebellion

The new movie, Birth of a Nation, opened to disappointing reviews, which was a bit surprising based on the ovations it got at the Sundance Film Festival. While some of the negative reaction could be attributed to earlier rape charges against the film makers, it seems the movie itself is not as good as we were […]

The Roads from War to Reconstruction and Beyond by Ed Ayers and Paul Levengood

Here’s Professor Ed Ayers giving a wonderful talk on Reconstruction in a Banner Lecture at the Virginia Historical Society.

Confessions of a former neo-Confederate

I came across this excellent article and just had to share it. William Black is a Ph.D. candidate at Rice University. In this article he recounts his intellectual growth from a neconfederate to someone who actually knows history. His article shows that even someone with neoconfederate beliefs can change if they just have the intellectual curiosity, […]