Monthly Archives: August 2017

Reconstruction and Civil Rights

Here’s Professor Eric Foner of Columbia University speaking at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2017 symposium. The video’s description reads, “Eric Foner talked about the challenges of establishing civil rights for freedmen in the Reconstruction period and beyond. This talk was part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s annual symposium.” This is a truly outstanding presentation. […]

Two Podcasts with Colin Woodward

Historian Colin Woodward hosts the “Amerikan Rambler” podcast, and as part of his podcast he interviews historians. He’s recently conducted two great interviews with John Hennessy, Chief Historian at the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park and Professor Allen C. Guelzo of Gettysburg College. Each interview is just under two hours long. You can get to the […]

Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson

This is an interview on Civil War Talk Radio between host Professor Gerry Prokopowicz and author Timothy B. Smith. It’s a pretty good interview and discussion on the early Henry/Donelson campaign.

Horatio Bateman’s “Recontruction” Engraving

Here is Professor Brook Thomas of the University of California-Irvine’s English Department giving us an analysis of the “Reconstruction” engraving produced by the artist Horatio Bateman. The video’s description reads, “Professor Brook Thomas talked about the imagery and context of Horatio Bateman’s 1867 engraving called ‘Reconstruction.’ The highly detailed work is a utopian allegory of […]

Historians Continue to Weigh In On Confederate Monuments

The American Historical Association has a roundup of links to historians writing on the confederate monument issue here. Professor James Marten of Marquette University has a contribution here. He says, “The debate has largely revolved around the larger, usually equestrian, statues of individual politicians or leaders. The president and others have cautioned that taking down […]

John Bingham and the 14th Amendment

This is a discussion regarding John Bingham, the congressman who framed the 14th Amendment. It’s a pretty dry discussion among several law professors and a U.S. Representative, but it does have some good information. The video’s description reads, “On the centennial anniversary of John Bingham, historians and scholars discussed his life and career. The late congressman […]

Distinguished Faculty Lecture: James I. Robertson, Jr.

Here’s Dr. Bud giving one of his popular lectures on how the Civil War affects us to this day. As usual, it’s terrific.

Did Robert E. Lee Oppose Slavery?

Confederate apologists often claim Robert E. Lee actually opposed slavery. Let’s put that to the test. Exhibit Number One for them is Lee’s letter to his wife, Mary, dated December 27, 1856 and written from Fort Brown, Texas, in which Lee said, “In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, […]

Maine’s Delusional Governor Shows His Ignorance Again

He’s at it again. The obviously mentally ill governor of the State of Maine, Paul LePage, opened his mouth and firmly inserted his foot once again. In a radio interview Tuesday, August 22, 2017, LePage said, “What was the war? If you really truly read and study the Civil War, it was turned into a […]

Historians Provide Context for Confederate Monuments

Historians have been busy. My friend and fellow blogger, Megan Kate Nelson, put together a group of links to historians commenting on the confederate monument issue here. Noted Lincoln author Harold Holzer has a piece in the New York Daily News. He writes, “There’s nothing wrong with removing truly offensive statues that elevate traitors in public space. […]