Monthly Archives: October 2018

The 14th Amendment and Birthright Citizenship

Our tin-plated wanna-be dictator phony patriot, phony Christian, white supremacist president says he is thinking of ending birthright citizenship for children of immigrants who are in the United States without authorization via an executive order. You can see the story here. “President Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship […]

Union General Grant Crosses the James River in 1864

This is Edward Alexander speaking at the 2018 Emerging Civil War blog Symposium on Grant’s crossing of the James River in 1864. The video’s description reads, “Author Edward Alexander talked about Union General Grant’s 1864 maneuvers to cross the James River as part of the Petersburg-Richmond Campaign. He compared General Grant’s decisions to General George McClellan’s […]

Ulysses S. Grant as Union Army General-in-Chief

Here’s Chris Kolakowski giving a presentation at the 2018 Emerging Civil War blog’s annual symposium. The video’s description reads, “Historian Chris Kolakowski talked about the events leading up to President Abraham Lincoln naming Ulysses S. Grant as general-in-chief of the Union Army in 1864 and how Grant’s command style differed from his predecessors. This talk was part of […]

The Divided South, Democracy’s Limitations, and the Causes of the Peculiarly North American Civil War

This is another essay from the book, Why the Civil War Came, edited by Professor Gabor Boritt. William W. Freehling wrote this essay. Like the previous essay, I felt this was important enough to have its own blog post. Professor Freehling makes a comparison between ending slavery in the United States with ending slavery in other […]

1864 Presidential Election

Here’s Rea Andrew Redd speaking at the 2018 Emerging Civil War blog symposium on the 1864 election. The video’s description reads, “Rea Andrew Redd talked about the presidential election of 1864. He outlined the Republican and Democratic platforms, the different candidates and the logistics of getting soldiers to vote. This talk was part of a symposium […]

Aid Societies for Civil War Union Troops

Here’s Professor David Raney of Hillsdale College delivering a class on Union Aid Societies during the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Hillsdale College Professor David Raney taught a class about Civil War-era aid societies that supported Union troops. He highlighted the work of the U.S. Sanitary Commission and the U.S. Christian Commission, both of which provided […]

The Political System and the Coming of the Civil War

This essay, “The Crisis of American Democracy: The Political System and the Coming of the Civil War,” comes to us from Professor William E. Gienapp and is part of a book of essays edited by Professor Gabor Boritt called Why the Civil War Came. I felt this essay deserved its own separate post because it has […]

“At 63, I Threw Away My Prized Portrait of Robert E. Lee”

In this essay adapted from his new book, Leaders: Myth and Reality, General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army (Ret.) discusses his changed view of Robert E. Lee. He begins, “On a Sunday morning in 2017 I took down his picture, and by afternoon it was in the alley with other rubbish awaiting transport to the local landfill […]

After Appomattox: The Collapse of the Confederacy in May, 1865

Here’s historian John Coski of the American Civil War Museum discussing the end of the Civil War. This is a very good discussion. Dr. Coski always does a great job. The video’s description reads, “American Civil War Museum Historian John Coski leads a discussion that examines the events of May, 1865 and after in an […]

Why Read Why Learn History

This article is about Professor Sam Wineburg’s latest book, Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone). I enjoy Professor Wineburg’s take on history education. We learn what “frames” Professor Wineburg’s book: “Many people equate ‘historical knowledge’ with nothing more than facts, names, and dates. So if a five-inch handheld device can tell you faster […]