Monthly Archives: February 2021

Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops

This is another in the Concise Lincoln Library series from Southern Illinois University Press. Professor John David Smith of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte wrote this excellent volume. He tells us, “By war’s end, the army had raised 178,975 enlisted men for the USCT. The War Department’s Bureau of Colored Troops organized the soldiers in […]

To Make Their Own Way in the World

This is a discussion between Professor Deborah Willis, Professor John Stauffer, Professor Sarah Lewis, and Ilisa Barbash on photographs of enslaved women. The video’s description reads, “New York University Photography Chair Deborah Willis, Harvard University African American Studies Professor John Stauffer, and Harvard University African American Studies Professor Sarah Lewis discussed 15 photographs of slaves from South Carolina that were […]

Finding the Source: “A Contest of Civilizations” with Dr. Andrew Lang

Here’s a really good conversation between Professor Peter Carmichael, Dr. Ashley Luskey, and their guest, Professor Andrew Lang. The video’s description reads, “Dr. Andrew Lang (Mississippi State University) discusses his most recent book, ‘A Contest of Civilizations: Exposing the Crisis of American Exceptionalism in the Civil War Era.’ “

Star Spangled Scandal

This is Chris DeRose talking about the case of Daniel Sickles murdering Philip Barton Key in Washington, DC prior to the Civil War and getting away with it. The video’s description reads, “Chris DeRose talked about Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America. In his book he recounted the murder of Francis Scott […]

Face the Issues: 1619 to 1776: Understanding History (Guest: Dr. John Fea)

Here’s a wonderful discussion with Professor John Fea looking at both the 1619 Project and the 1776 Commission. This was from October, so it is well before the 1776 Report.

A New Look at the Civil War in the West

In this lecture from 2017, Professor William Shea discussing the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi. He does a lot of complaining about the attention given to the Eastern Theater, which in my view detracts from the presentation, but he does have some good information for us. During the Q&A he gets the creation of West […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

In this week’s report on the national retreat of confederate heritage, we start with this op-ed piece from Dallas, Texas. It says, “If someone is supposedly a hero fighting for a cause, then the cause that person fought for must have been heroic as well. A monument to a movement or nation or event inherently […]

Robert E. Lee and Me

This is an excellent book from BG [Ret] Ty Seidule, Professor Emeritus of History at West Point. It’s part autobiography and part history of the places he’s lived, Jim Crow, lynchings, the decision to name US Army bases for confederates, the decision to commemorate confederates at West Point, and R. E. Lee himself. It’s the […]

Chicago Reviewing Monuments, Including Lincoln

The city of Chicago identified forty-one monuments it labels as “problematic,” including five monuments to Abraham Lincoln. As this article tells us, “Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed Wednesday to confront the ‘hard truths of Chicago’s racial history’ — by launching a public process to review the fate of 41 statues, plaques and works of art, including […]

Lincoln and the Civil War

This book by Michael Burlingame is another entry in the outstanding “Concise Lincoln Library” series from Southern Illinois University Press. In this book, Professor Burlingame hews to the standard narrative about the various individuals who came in contact with Lincoln and with the issues Lincoln faced, even though some of that standard narrative has been […]