Monthly Archives: May 2021

The Week in Confederate Heritage

Looking at the continuing retreat of confederate heritage across the nation, we start with this article. It says, “The North Carolina Court of Appeals has denied an emergency motion to stop the ongoing demolition of the Vance Monument, bringing removal of the marker to a locally born Confederate governor closer to its historic fulfillment. The May 21 […]

What is Critical Race Theory and Why are Republicans so Scared of It?

Critical Race Theory has been around in academic circles since the 1970s. It’s been a mainstream concept since the early 2000s. Why is it so controversial now? And what is it, anyway? Let’s look at that second question first. In this post, Professor John Fea lays out what Critical Race Theory is in a nutshell. […]

Politicians Still Lying and Trying to Censor History Teachers

They happen to be Republicans this time around, but rest assured Democratic politicians will do the same for their own issues. We start with this article from Montana, telling us, “Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen (R) deemed critical race theory and anti-racism programs taught in schools ‘discriminatory,’ saying they violate federal and state law. In […]

Robert Gould Shaw Memorial

Here are two videos discussing the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial in the National Gallery of Art. To me it should be the 54th Massachusetts Memorial. Anyway, the video’s description reads, “The Robert Gould Shaw Memorial at the National Gallery of Art was profiled. The memorial honors Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, […]

More on Politicians Messing Up History Education

There sure is a lot on this. We start with this article, which tells us, “Idaho’s governor last week signed into law a bill whose purpose, at face value, is noncontroversial. The law prohibits public schools and colleges from teaching that ‘any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior.’ The catch? Baked into […]

Politicians Continue to Pollute History Education

Politicians can’t keep their grubby, dirty hands off history education. This time it happens to be Republicans who are deliberately lying, fabricating, and mischaracterizing, but that’s not to let Democrats and others off the hook. A politician will promulgate fake history whenever they feel it’s in their interest to do so. Let’s start with this […]

Why Two Minutes of Lost Footage From The Civil War Are So Important

I came across this article from 2015 regarding the 25th Anniversary release of a new DVD set for the Ken Burns The Civil War miniseries. The article says, “As part of the promotion, the producers released a tiny snip of outtake footage from the cache of bonus material included in the new DVD—just two minutes […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

It’s time for our weekly look at the nationwide retreat of confederate heritage. We begin with this article concerning the possibility of changing the name of Washington and Lee University. “Earlier this month, Mike McAlevey, rector of the Board of Trustees, announced that a decision on the name would be made by the board in […]

Keys to Grant’s Generalship

Professor Peter Campbell, a political scientist at Baylor University, mined Ulysses S. Grant’s Memoirs to identify what he believes are the keys to Grant’s generalship and has published this essay with his findings. He writes, “As great as the literary merits of Grant’s memoir may be, the focus in this essay is on appreciating the […]

Abraham Lincoln in 1864

In this presentation from 2009, the late Professor Charles Bracelen Flood discusses Abraham Lincoln’s actions in 1864. The video’s description reads, “Charles Bracelen Flood talked about his 2009 book, 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of Destiny, which examines how the Civil War and Lincoln’s life were transformed that year. The National Archives hosted this program and provided the video. […]