Monthly Archives: May 2019

History of Impeachment

Here’s a discussion about the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, the near-impeachment of Richard Nixon, and the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Historian Jon Meacham discusses the Andrew Johnson impeachment. The video’s description reads, “The co-authors of Impeachment: An American History talked about the only three presidential impeachment proceedings ever conducted: those involving Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton. Participants were […]

Episode 52: History of the iPhone Generation

Originally posted on the way of improvement leads home:
Now that most everyone carries a search engine in their pocket, why do we still need to study history? Our present age demonstrates just how deceiving the internet can truly be. Host John Fea and producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling make the case that historical thinking is…

Reconstruction and Jim Crow Laws

Here’s Dr. Henry Louis Gates at the National Constitution Center talking about Reconstruction and moving on to the Jim Crow era. It’s pretty good. The video’s description reads, “Historian Henry Louis Gates talked about Reconstruction, which lasted from the end of the Civil War until 1877, the amendments passed during this time to promote equality for African […]

RIP Tony Horwitz

It saddens me to report the Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz, who was the author of a terrific book about the Civil War’s continuing impact on modern times, Confederates in the Attic, the author of a book on John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War, […]

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

This book by Professor David W. Blight of Yale University recently won the Pulitzer Prize, and it’s well deserved. The book is richly researched and beautifully written. The book is a complete biography of Douglass. “Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, a slave, in Talbot County, Maryland, in February 1818, the future Frederick Douglass was the […]

Thunder at the Gates

This book by Professor Douglas Egerton discusses three United States Colored Troops regiments, the 54th Massachusetts, the 55th Massachusetts, and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry, which were real black soldiers in the Civil War, not the mythological ones pushed by confederate heritage apologists. Following the precept that the most interesting history writing is writing that reads […]

The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant

This outstanding book comes to us from the pen of Professor Charles W. Calhoun, the Thomas Harriot College Distinguished Professor of History emeritus at East Carolina University. Professor Calhoun dispels myths that have grown up around the Grant Presidency because he didn’t parrot what other historians said about Grant. Instead, he went back to the […]

The American Civil War Museum

The American Civil War Museum opened its new Tredegar facility to great fanfare. The New York Times covered it with this story. Writer Jamelle Bouie tells us, ” ‘This is a period of history that’s been so distorted for a variety of reasons,’ the museum’s chief executive, Christy Coleman, told me, ‘where memory has taken over […]

Last Slave Ship Found

I came across this article [and this article also] about the Clotilda, the last slave ship known to deliver Africans captured as slaves and brought to the United States. It tells us, “The wreck of the schooner Clotilda, believed to be the last known ship to bring enslaved people to the US from Africa, has […]

Upon the Fields of Battle

If you’re worried about the state of military history in the study of the Civil War, this fine volume should alleviate your fears. Edited by Drs. Drew Bledsoe and Andrew Lang, the book features twelve essays from some of the top historians in Civil War history. Bledsoe and Lang team up for the first essay, […]