Monthly Archives: June 2018

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

In preparation for this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, I reread the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. The edition I used this time was the Library of America edition edited by Stephen Sears and including selected Grant letters as well as notes Grant wrote to his doctor and a chronology of Grant’s life. […]

Amerikan Rambler with Colin Woodward Episode 99: Kevin Levin

Here’s a terrific conversation between historian Colin Woodward and historian Kevin Levin. They talk about Kevin’s upcoming book on the black confederate myth as well as what else Kevin has been doing and the confederate monument issue. They even talk about our favorite group of idiots, the Virginia Flaggers. You can access the conversation here.

2018 Winter Lecture Series – The Fateful Compromise of 1850

Here’s Ranger John Hoptak giving his typical outstanding performance in a presentation covering the Compromise of 1850 for the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2018 Winter Lecture Series. The video’s description reads, “Before the Civil War there was the Compromise of 1850. The arguments between the North and South over slavery in the new territories began […]

What Should Be The Fate Of Confederate Memorials?

Here’s an interview with Yale University historian David Blight on confederate monuments. He starts by recounting the first Memorial Day held in Charleston, SC by African American residents who honored the sacrifices of United States soldiers who had been captured by the confederates and died in captivity. The discussion then moves on to confederate monuments. […]

Professor Buzzkill on U.S. Reconstruction

“Professor Buzzkill” is Professor Joseph Coohill, a historian of modern Britain and Ireland. This is a podcast he hosts in which sometimes he has guest historians speaking on a topic. In this particular podcast he has Professor Phil Nash to speak about Reconstruction. The podcast’s description reads, “The Reconstruction period (1865-1877) after the Civil War was […]

Civil War Talk Radio: The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee

This is a great conversation between host Gerald Prokopowicz and author John Reeves about Mr. Reeves’ new book, The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee: The Forgotten Case Against an American Icon. There is much in here with which I agree, especially that the dog-and-pony show in the 1970s where Lee was supposedly given back his […]

President Grant’s World Tour

Here’s Ryan Semmes, Associate Professor at Mississippi State University Libraries, talking about President Ulysses S. Grant’s trip around the world with his wife, Julia, after his term of office ended. The video’s description reads, “Ulysses S. Grant was president from 1869 to 1877. After serving two terms, he took a world tour with his family. […]

Slavery and Reconstruction in the West

Here’s Professor Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington speaking on Slavery and Reconstruction in the American West. The video’s description reads, “University of Washington historian Quintard Taylor explored slavery, the abolition movement, and Reconstruction in the West, focusing on Kansas and Missouri before and after the Civil War. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this talk.”

Legacies of the Founders

This is a conversation with Professors Gordon Wood and Joseph Ellis at the Society of the Four Aces in Palm Beach, Florida, on the Founding Fathers and their legacies. It’s a pretty good discussion. The moderator is Professor Robert Watson of Lynn University. The video’s description reads, “Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Joseph Ellis and Gordon Wood discussed the legacies of […]

Kenneth M. Stampp My Life With Lincoln

Here’s a recording of an address Professor Kenneth M. Stampp gave in 1983 regarding the evolution of his evaluation of Abraham Lincoln. His view of Lincoln changed over time and with study from being antagonistic toward Lincoln to being appreciative of Lincoln’s policies and viewpoints.