Monthly Archives: April 2018

Civil War Talk Radio: Kentucky’s Rebel Press

In this installment of Civil War Talk Radio, host Gerry Prokopowicz speaks with Professor Berry Craig, author of Kentucky’s Rebel Press: Pro-Confederate Media and the Secession Crisis. This is an excellent conversation.

The Case of Fries

There are actually two cases here: 9 Fed. Cas. 826, Case No. 5,126 and 9 Fed. Cas. 924, Case No. 2,127. A rebellion began in 1798 in Pennsylvania in protest of the Alien and Sedition Acts and a new federal tax. Led by John Fries, the rebellion damaged the Federalist Party and was one factor leading […]

Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster

Here’s historian H. W. Brands giving a presentation on the great triumvirate: Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. The video’s description reads, “Author H.W. Brands discussed 19th century political figures Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster. He explained why the three statesmen were critical to American politics between the War of […]

Using Google Earth and Explain Everything to teach the Civil War

Here’s a tutorial for teachers, or for anyone who seeks to explain Civil War topics to others. It uses Google Earth and an application called Explain Everything to create presentations to help illustrate battles and troop movements. This is very useful. The video’s description reads, “A quick movie to show how you can use Google […]

West Virginia: The Road to Statehood

Here’s a nice documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting on the creation of West Virginia as a state during the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “This documentary brings to life the issues, differences and disagreements that divided the Commonwealth of Virginia, turning families and neighbors against one another throughout what is now West Virginia.”

Mascots, Myths, Monuments, and Memory Part 2

Part Two begins with the keynote address by Professor Ibram X. Kendi of American University on race and memory, followed by a Q&A with the audience. We next hear from Bree Newsome, who is the person who scaled the flagpole on the capital grounds in Charleston, South Carolina and took down the confederate flag flying […]

Mascots, Myths, Monuments, and Memory Part 1

The National Museum of African American History and the National Museum of the American Indian collaborated on a joint conference, “Mascots, Myths, Monuments, and Memory” held at the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the National Museum of African American History on March 3, 2018. The description for the Welcome Remarks reads, “The symposium, Mascots, Myths, Monuments, […]

Return to Bull Run

This excellent book from John Hennessy is the best book on the Second Bull Run [Manassas] campaign in August of 1862. It’s deeply researched, well sourced, and engagingly written. It’s filled with terrific information, not just about the battle but about the participants as well. For example, we learn this about Union Major General John […]

The Historian’s Toolbox

This is a very useful book for students of history, though it’s designed for university undergraduates majoring in history. Even so, we students who have already been through college can find some good information in here. My copy is the first edition, and if I’m not mistaken it’s up to its third edition right now. […]

The Confederate Flag Is Still a Racist Symbol

We have this story out of Michigan (see also here). A group of racist dirtbags surrounded Bay City Western High School in Auburn, Michigan, with pickup trucks flying confederate flags. I guess there’s a good reason for the stereotype. They are there because the week before an African-American student allegedly took down a confederate flag […]