Monthly Archives: July 2018

14th Amendment and Reconstruction

This is the final panel of the 2018 U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s Symposium. The panelists took questions from the audience. The video’s description reads, “A panel of historians took questions on the 14th Amendment and Reconstruction era. This question and answer session was part of a symposium hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society commemorating […]

Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson

Here’s Mark W. Summers giving a wonderful presentation on the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson at the 2018 U.S. Capitol Historical Society Symposium. The video’s description reads, “University of Kentucky history professor Mark Summers talked about the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. This event was part of a symposium hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society […]

Race, Citizenship, and the 14th Amendment

This is the first panel in the 2018 U.S. Capitol Historical Society Symposium. The panelists are Paul Finkelman, Gabriel “Jack” Chin, and Alysa Landry. The video’s description reads, “The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 in the aftermath of the Civil War during the Reconstruction era. The amendment’s first clause, known as the “Citizenship Clause,” […]

Origins of Fourteenth Amendment

Here’s Professor Orville Vernon Burton of Clemson University speaking on the Origins of the Fourteenth Amendent at the 2018 US Capitol Historical Society’s symposium. This is an excellent presentation loaded with information. The video’s description reads, “Clemson University history professor Orville Vernon Burton talked about the origins of the 14th Amendment, and why it was essential and […]

American Slavery American Freedom

This is a classic study by the eminent historian Edmund Morgan and traces the development of Colonial Virginia, including its development of slavery. He begins by telling us that in 1756, during the French and Indian War, Virginians were facing invasion from their enemy. Reverend Samuel Davies did his best to rally them to defend […]

Abolitionist Representative James Ashley

Here’s Professor Rebecca Zietlow giving a presentation at the 2018 U.S. Capitol Historical Society Symposium on U.S. Representative James Ashley of Ohio. The video’s description reads, “Author and law professor Rebecca Zietlow looked at the life and work of James Mitchell Ashley, an abolitionist and Republican congressman from Ohio during the Civil War and early […]

Richmond Commission Recommends Booting Jeff Davis

  Richmond’s Monument Avenue Commission, put in place by Mayor Levar Stoney, released its report on what it recommends be done with the monuments on Richmond’s iconic Monument Avenue. See story here, here, and here. You can download and read the entire report at the commission’s website here. The commission recommends removing the monument to […]

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Frederick Douglass July 5, 1852 Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater […]

2018 Winter Lecture Series – “The Movement Was South.” General Grant and the Overland Campaign

Here’s Ranger John Heiser with an excellent presentation on Ulysses S. Grant, focusing on his 1864 Overland Campaign. The video’s description reads, “Ulysses S. Grant was chosen by President Abraham Lincoln to lead all military forces in 1864 to finally put an end to the fighting during the Civil War. Grant’s Overland Campaign against Robert […]

Ex Parte Law

The citation for this case is 15 Fed. Cas. 3, Case No. 8,126. The case comes from the District Court of the Southern District of Georgia. Federal Judge John Erskine presided. William Law was a Georgia attorney who had participated in the rebellion. He applied for, was granted, and accepted pardon and amnesty. On January […]