Monthly Archives: March 2021

Illinois Civil War Soldiers’ Letters

Here’s Mark Flotow discussing letters from Illinois Civil War soldiers to their families and friends at home. The video’s description reads, “Mark Flotow’s book, In Their Letters, in Their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home, features the writings of 165 troops from Abraham Lincoln’s home state and covers the war from the earliest enlistees through final […]

Teaching Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

Here’s a terrific discussion between William C. “Jack” Davis, Professor Caroline Janney, Professor Tamika Nunley, Professor Craig Symonds, and Professor Jonathan White on teaching students about Abraham Lincoln and about the Civil War. This is from the 2020 Virtual Lincoln Forum. The video’s description reads, “The Lincoln Forum hosted a discussion among current and former […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

Yes, confederate heritage continued its nationwide retreat since we last checked in. Beginning with this article, we learn the commission to rename US Army bases previously named for confederates has undergone a bit of a makeover “as the Biden administration has replaced last-minute Trump appointees with a diverse panel.” Here’s what the article says: [begin […]

John Brown and Abraham Lincoln

Here’s Professor H. W. Brands giving a typically great presentation based on his latest book, The Zealot and the Emancipator, which is a dual look at Brown and Lincoln. This was part of the 2020 Virtual Lincoln Forum. The video’s description reads, “In October 1859 — just 18 months before the first shots of the Civil […]

Harriet Tubman’s Life and Legacy

Here’s an excellent discussion of Harriet Tubman between Professor Manisha Sinha and Professor Catherine Clinton, along with a living history presentation of Tubman by Kathryn Harris. This was part of the 2020 Virtual Lincoln Forum. The video’s description reads, “Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849 and later went on to serve as an Underground Railroad […]

Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inauguration

Here’s Edward Achorn discussing Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inauguration and his Second Inaugural Address. This was part of the 2020 Virtual Lincoln Forum. The video’s description reads, “Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address is widely considered one of the greatest speeches in American political history. Edward’s Achorn’s book, Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, […]

Sojourner Truth’s Life and Legacy

Here’s Professor Claudine Ferrell of the University of Mary Washington giving a pretty good talk on the life of Sojourner Truth. The video’s description reads, “University of Mary Washington history Professor Claudine Ferrell discussed the life and legacy of Sojourner Truth, an enslaved woman who self-emancipated in 1826 and became a speaker on abolition and women’s rights. The university provided […]


Here’s a pretty good conversation with Professor Robert Elder about the life of His Satanic Majesty, John C. Calhoun based on his new book about Calhoun. The video’s description reads, “Baylor University history professor Robert Elder recalled the life of Vice President, Secretary of War, and Confederate advocate John Calhoun. This was a virtual event hosted […]

The Crooked Path to Abolition

Here’s a really good discussion with Professor James Oakes on his new book, The Crooked Path to Abolition. The video’s description reads, “Civil War historian James Oakes examined how Abraham Lincoln thoughout his political career used the Constitution to abolish slavery. This was a virtual event hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston.”

The Week in Confederate Heritage

Though confederate heritage continues its nationwide retreat, there are racists pushing back. We begin in West Virginia, a state that was created during the Civil War as a loyal part of the United States, and this article, which tells us, “Legislation that would make it illegal to remove or relocate Confederate memorials or monuments from […]