Monthly Archives: January 2021

American Rambler Episode 190: David Dixon

Here’s a terrific conversation between host Dr. Colin Woodward and his guest, David Dixon, about Dave’s new book on August Willich, Radical Warrior. The episode’s description reads, “David Dixon is the author of Radical Warrior: August Willich’s Journey from German Revolutionary to Union General. Surprisingly, it is the first major biography of General Willich, whose life was […]

History Education Update

I’ve collected a few articles delving into various issues around history education. This first article deals with textbooks teaching white supremacy. It tells us, “Historian Donald Yacovone, an associate at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research and a 2013 winner of the W.E.B. Du Bois medal, was researching a book on the legacy of the […]

The Tiny Doors in the U.S. Capitol

This very short [92 seconds] video looks at the tiny doors one sees in the US Capitol building. There’s a Civil War connection through Montgomery Meigs, who would be the US Army’s Quartermaster General during the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Have you ever wondered what these tiny doors at the #USCapitol are for? […]

Ethnic and Immigrant Troops in the Civil War

Here’s a panel of historians discussing German, Irish, and African American soldiers in the Civil War. The panel includes Professor Christian Keller of the US Army War College, Professor Earl Mulderink of Southern Utah University, and Professor Craig Warren of Penn State Erie. The video’s description reads, “Historians discussed the role and reception of ethnic […]

Slavery and Capitalism

I came across this essay from Professor James Oakes. The first part concerns a divide between cultural and social historians and economic historians, especially regarding slavery, as well as the New History of Capitalism. He writes, “Some intractable methodological divide will not explain the criticism of the  New History of Capitalism [NHC] by economic historians. […]

Lincoln’s Loyalists

This book by Professor Richard Nelson Current was the first scholarly looks at the southerners, white and black, who fought for the United States against the rebels in the Civil War. While USCT soldiers came from all across the confederate states in addition to the loyal states, “every Confederate state except South Carolina provided at […]

This Week in Confederate Heritage

Confederate heritage continued its nationwide retreat this past week. We start with this article out of Louisiana. It tells us, “A controversial monument located outside a former courthouse in Iberville Parish is now gone, about seven months after elected officials first voted to take it down. Pictures taken outside the courthouse Tuesday show the monument has been […]

Finding the Source: The Lives of Civil War Veterans with Brian Matthew Jordan and Evan Rothera

Here’s a terrific conversation between Professor Pete Carmichael and Dr. Ashley Luskey and their guests, Professors Brian M. Jordan and Evan Rothera regarding Civil War veterans. The video’s description reads, “Brian Matthew Jordan (Sam Houston State University) and Evan Rothera (University of Arkansas–Fort Smith) discuss their new edited volume, ‘The War Went On: Reconsidering the […]

New Prez Disbands 1776 Commission

President Biden, on his first day in office, disbanded the “1776 Commission” put together by the phony patriot for the purpose of creating phony history and consigned their “report” to where it belongs: the garbage can. There are a number of news stories on this, and I’ve culled a few. First, though, let’s catch up […]

Written by the Victors? Heather Cox Richardson on How the South Won the Civil War

Here’s an outstanding conversation between Professor Joanne Freeman and Professor Heather Cox Richardson on Professor Richardson’s book, How the South Won the Civil War. They also discuss Professor Freeman’s book, The Field of Blood. The video’s description reads, “After years of war and countless lives, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox sealed the fate […]