Monthly Archives: April 2019

The Story Behind the Photo Used to Push the Black Confederate Lie

I found this article from Adam Serwer of BuzzFeed on the famous photo of Andrew Chandler with his slave, Silas Chandler, a photo used by confederate heritage liars to push the great lie that there were black confederate soldiers throughout the Civil War. The article begins at Silas Chandler’s grave in West Point, Mississippi. In […]

Monumental Lies

I came across this podcast which complements the article in Smithsonian we covered back in November of 2018 [see here]. It’s well done and shows how proconfederate heritage people have no compunction about lying to anyone about history. “It [slavery] was good and bad?” Jefferson Davis “loved” his slaves? These confederate heritage people distort history left […]

Ulysses Grant’s Failed Attempt to Grant Native Americans Citizenship

Continuing the theme of Ulysses Grant’s birthday, we consider this article from Smithsonian. The article tells us, “Grant maintained that the millions of Catholic and Jewish immigrants pouring into the country should be welcomed as American citizens, as should the men, women, and children just set free from slavery during the Civil War. And, at […]

Rethinking President Grant

Ulysses S. Grant was born April 27, 1822. To help celebrate his birthday, I give you a two-part look at Grant’s presidency from National Review. Part One is here, and Part Two is here. The article tells us, “If history is just current events plus time, then biased and unfair history is bad journalism plus time. […]

Do We Need Another Civil War Documentary?

In this article, Dr. Keri Leigh Merritt makes the case for a new Civil War documentary to replace 1990’s The Civil War made by Ken Burns. She tells us, “Garnering scores of awards, ‘The Civil War’ has now influenced generations of Americans and shaped their beliefs about slavery, the war itself, and its aftermath. The documentary […]

Virginia Governor Northam wants Jefferson Davis memorial removed from Fort Monroe

According to this article, Virginia’s governor, Ralph Northam, wants to remove “the Jefferson Davis Memorial arch at Fort Monroe, saying its continued presence has an ‘adverse effect’ on the historic property and urged the authority’s board of trustees to initiate steps to take it down.” The article tells us, “In a letter presented Thursday to […]

Should We Make the Confederacy’s Defeat a National Holiday?

This 2015 article suggests we should make April 9, the date of R. E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant, a national holiday. “This week provides an occasion for the U.S. government to get real about history, as April 9 is the 150th anniversary of the Union’s victory in the Civil War. The generous terms […]

With Good Reason: 1619, Past and Present

I came across this podcast from Virginia Humanities discussing various aspects of the African American experience. It starts with the 1619 landing of Africans at Jamestown in a conversation with Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander of Norfolk State University. The second part is a conversation with Dr. Richard Chew of Virginia State University discussing slavery and the […]

Bill would end Confederate Heroes Day in Texas

According to this article, “House Bill 1183, authored by Rep. Jarvis Johnson, D-Houston, would eliminate Confederate Heroes Day from the list of state holidays an agency can observe. ‘When you’re dealing with a holiday that is significant to history, you have to do your best to make sure that it is not offensive to one […]

Petersburg to Appomattox

Dr. Caroline Janney edited this latest addition to the “Military Campaigns of the Civil War” series from the University of North Carolina Press. This excellent book maintains the fine reputation of the series in true form. It consists of an introductory essay by Dr. Janney and nine essays produced that look at various aspects of […]