Monthly Archives: January 2020

Proconfederate Cowardly Racist Thugs Try to Intimidate UNC

I found this article from The Daily Tarheel explaining how some neoconfederate thugs are so scared of some students they illegally entered the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with weapons. “As students and activists gathered Saturday on the ground where Silent Sam once stood, a group of out-of-town individuals entered UNC’s […]

Gary Gallagher – “Was Reconstruction a Lost Moment?”

I always look for and enjoy lectures by Professor Gary Gallagher. He’s always terrific. This is another outstanding lecture from Dr. Gallagher. The video’s description reads, ” ‘Was Reconstruction a Lost Moment? Understanding the Connection Between Union War Aims and Postwar Realities’ Lecture sponsored by the UCLA Center for Liberal Arts and Free Institutions (CLAFI) […]

Twelve Scholars and Another 1619 Project Letter

Twelve professors of history and political science sent a letter to the editor of the New York Times Magazine critiquing the 1619 Project. While editor Jake Silverstein wrote a response to the letter, the Times Magazine decided not to print the letter or the response. The History News Network, though, has posted the letter, the response, and […]

The 1619 Argument Continues: The Civil Rights Movement

The final part of Princeton historian Professor Sean Wilentz’s latest article discusses the battle for African American civil rights after the Civil War. Professor Wilentz writes, “Moving beyond the Civil War, the essay briefly examined the history of Reconstruction, the long and bleak period of Jim Crow, and the resistance that led to the rise […]

The 1619 Argument Continues: Lincoln, Race, and Colonization

In his latest article, Professor Sean Wilentz of Princeton University writes, “Only the Civil War surpasses the Revolution in its importance to American history with respect to slavery and racism. Yet here again, particularly with regard to the ideas and actions of Abraham Lincoln, Hannah-Jones’s argument is built on partial truths and misstatements of the […]

The 1619 Argument Continues: The Revolution

Historian Sean Wilentz of Princeton University contributes another article in the continuing battle over the 1619 Project. He once again takes on the lead essay’s take on history, beginning with the American Revolution: “The project’s lead essay, written by the Times staff writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, includes early on a discussion of the Revolution. Although that discussion […]

Secession on Trial

This book by Professor Cynthia Nicoletti is an outstanding addition to the scholarship surrounding Jefferson Davis’s indictment and the machinations around his treason trial. Neoconfederates and Davis partisans from the late 19th century have sown so much disinformation about these events Professor Nicoletti’s careful analysis of the evidence does much to dispel the myth that […]

1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff

Here’s Jim Morgan, who is, if not the top expert on the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, is one of the top two or three. He’s giving an outstanding presentation on Ball’s Bluff to the 2019 Pamplin Park Symposium The video’s description reads, “Civil War scholar James Morgan discussed the October 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff that occurred near […]

Reinterpreting Southern History

Here’s another panel discussion from the 2019 Southern Historical Association Meeting. This one is on Reinterpreting Southern History, which by definition also includes slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The panelists are Professor Vanessa Holden of the University of Kentucky, Professor Kathryn Newfont of the University of Kentucky, Professor Lesley Gordon of the University of […]

Sure, We Teach History. But Do We Know Why It’s Important?

This is a very good article for anyone who teaches history. The author tells us, “When the nation feels not just divided, but divided in an unprecedented way, studying history serves as a guide. A nation that can see through and place the turbulent present in historical context is better empowered to grasp the present […]