Monthly Archives: July 2019

American Rambler Episode 138: Michael F. Holt

Here’s an excellent discussion between host Dr. Colin Woodward and Professor Michael F. Holt. The episode’s description includes, “Retired historian Michael Holt is one of the most accomplished writers on antebellum politics. A professor at the University of Virginia for decades, he is perhaps best known for his grand 1999 book, The Rise and Fall of […]

Spying on the South

In one of his last interviews before his untimely passing, Tony Horwitz discusses Frederick Law Olmstead and his travels through the South before the Civil War. This is based on his book, Spying on the South. The video’s description reads, “Tony Horwitz recounted the travels of Frederick Law Olmstead during the lead-up to the Civil War. Olmstead, prior […]

Fighting myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings about race, slavery and the Civil War

I came across this article in the Virginia Mercury. We learn, “Historians and others say we can never achieve racial peace in America unless we acknowledge the brutality of slavery and its continuing legacy of racial discrimination. ‘Myths about slavery prevent any type of reconciliation or dialogue,’ said Adam W. Dean, a University of Lynchburg historian. […]

Phinizy Lecture by historian Stephanie McCurry

Here’s Professor Stephanie McMurry giving a lecture at the University of Georgia on “Reconstructing a Georgia Woman’s Life Among the Ruins.” It’s about Gertrude Thomas, a slave-owning woman in Georgia.

The South Carolina Monument That Symbolizes Clashing Memories of Slavery

This article talks about Charleston’s monument to the person I like to refer to as “His Satanic Majesty, John C. Calhoun.” The article tells us, “In one sense, the Calhoun Monument is a remarkably honest, and conspicuous, acknowledgment of Charleston’s dedication to slavery, even after its abolition in 1865. Here in the capital of American […]

The Battle of Cool Spring 155th Anniversary

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, I returned again to the Old Dominion to attend the 155th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Cool Spring, the largest and bloodiest Civil War battle held in Clarke County, Virginia. I previously reported on the 153rd Anniversary Commemoration here. Not much has changed. The walking tour is still fantastic. […]

Interview With OAH President Earl Lewis

Here’s an interview C-SPAN did with Dr. Earl Lewis, President of the Organization of American Historians. This is an interesting discussion. The video’s description reads, “We talked with Earl Lewis, president of the Organization of American Historians, at their annual conference in Philadelphia. He discussed trends in the field of history and his work at […]

What happened the last time a President chose America’s enemies over its friends

This article from Professor Manisha Sinha discusses Andrew Johnson during Reconstruction. She says, “Donald Trump likes to compare himself to Andrew Jackson, but the Andrew he really resembles is Andrew Johnson. What they have in common are delusions of personal grandeur and a tainted ascent to the presidency. Trump was elected by a minority of […]

Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood

Illustration: Najeebah Al-Ghadban; Steve Helber / AP; Library of Congress; Library of Virginia In this essay, Professor Drew Gilpin Faust of Harvard University [and former president of that university] reflects on the history of her home state and its relationship to race during her childhood. Those who read Edmund Morgan’s American Slavery, American Freedom will recognize […]

Darkness at Chancellorsville

Here’s novelist Ralph Peters talking about his novel and the battle of Chancellorsville. I can’t say I agree with all his interpretations. I don’t think he has the national feeling quite right. The video’s description reads, “Retired Army officer and historical novelist Ralph Peters talked about his book, Darkness at Chancellorsville: A Novel of Stonewall Jackson’s Triumph and […]