Monthly Archives: August 2020

James Oakes on the Legacies of Abolition

Here’s an outstanding conversation between Professor David Blight of Yale University and Professor James Oakes of the City University of New York on the legacies of abolition.

Taken at the Flood

This is Professor Joseph Harsh’s second book looking at Robert E. Lee and confederate strategy in 1862. This is the meat of the study, the largest of the three volumes. In looking at Antietam and the Maryland campaign, Professor Harsh tells us, “Although subsequent historians have hardly stampeded to acclaim Antietam the watershed of the […]

Axelbank Reports History and Today #4: Keri Leigh Merritt

Here’s a fascinating conversation between host Evan Axelbank, a journalist based in Tampa, Florida, and his guest, Dr. Keri Leigh Merritt on her book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South. You can access the podcast here.

Ford’s Theatre | Lincoln’s Great Words Challenge: Importance of Oratory and Leadership

Here’s Professor Joanne Freeman of Yale University and Professor Heather Cox Richardson of Boston College discussing Abraham Lincoln’s use of language. The video’s description reads, “In Lincoln’s words, we find comfort, inspiration and clarity of purpose, all of which we dearly need as we navigate multiple crises this summer. We’re delighted to welcome Joanne Freeman […]

Confederate Tide Rising

This terrific book by the late Professor Joseph Harsh is an outstanding look into confederate strategy and Robert E. Lee’s generalship. Professor Harsh writes, “This is a book I did not set out to write. It wrote itself as I tried to understand why Robert E. Lee crossed the Potomac with his Army of Northern […]

Kevin Levin: The End of Confederate Memorials?

Here’s Kevin Levin discussing confederate monuments with “Citizenship Center” students.

Leaders and Legends Episode 22: Peter Carmichael, Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College

Here is a terrific conversation between host Robert Vane and Professor Peter Carmichael. You can access the podcast here.

Confederate Heritage Continues to Retreat

It’s still a big task to keep up with the massive and long overdue retreat of confederate heritage across the country. We start with this article from Augusta, Georgia, where the local racist community is rallying to save their symbol of white supremacy. “Dozens surrounded the Confederate Monument in downtown Augusta on Sunday as they […]

The Rogue Historian: The Slave Trade in the Civil War South with Robert Colby

This is an excellent conversation between host Dr. Keith Harris and his guest, Dr. Robert Colby. They discuss: A very cool essay on the Robert E. Lee monument in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall – he published this is a collection of essays: Reconciliation After Civil War: Global Perspectives edited by Paul Quigly and James Hawdon […]

Civil War Talk Radio Episode 1633: Republic in the Ranks

This is an excellent conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Professor Zachary Fry of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College on Professor Fry’s book, Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac.