Monthly Archives: July 2021

Frederick Douglass – An American Life

This is a 1985 short film made by the National Park Service covering Frederick Douglass’s life. The video’s description reads, “This National Park Service biography of the former slave and abolitionist is dramatized at several historic locations, including the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C. Part of the National Archives collections, the film was directed […]

Empire of Liberty

This book by Professor Gordon S. Wood is a volume in the Oxford History of the United States series. It covers the history of the United States from the ratification of the Constitution to the end of the War of 1812. As Professor David Kennedy, the series editor, writes in his introduction, “The two and […]

CWTR Episode 1724: Radical Sacrifice: The Rise and Ruin of Fitz John Porter

Here’s a terrific discussion between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, author William Marvel on Mr. Marvel’s biography of Major General Fitz John Porter, Radical Sacrifice.

Allen Guelzo on Robert E. Lee (Lincoln Log Podcast)

Here’s a really good discussion with Professor Allen C. Guelzo, sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Association. The video’s description reads, “Allen Guelzo, Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University and Director of the James Madison Program’s Initiative in Politics and Statesmanship, discusses his forthcoming book on Robert E. Lee.”

The Week in Confederate Heritage

The biggest news in the nationwide retreat of confederate heritage is Nathan Bedford Forrest’s defeat in the Tennessee State Capitol. On Tuesday we saw this article come out, telling us, “Pending a successful Thursday morning vote by the State Building Commission, Gov. Bill Lee plans to have the bust of the Confederate general, early Ku […]

The Ever-Changing Past

This is Professor James Banner discussing how all history is revisionist. The video’s description reads, “James Banner is the author of The Ever-Changing Past: Why All History is Revisionist History. He explained in this conversation that history has been continuously reinterpreted since the time of the ancient Greeks as perceptions and cultures evolve. The Wilson Center and National […]

Lives of Civil War African American Soldiers

In this video, Professor Elizabeth Varon and Dr. William Kurtz report on the latest digital history project from the University of Virginia, tracing the lives of African American Virginians who fought for the United States in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Elizabeth Varon and William Kurtz of the University of Virginia’s Nau Center for Civil War […]

The Civil War and American Art

In this two-part discussion, Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, leads us on a tour of Civil War art and artists. The description for Part One reads, “Smithsonian Curator Eleanor Jones Harvey revealed how the Civil War can be seen in seemingly unrelated works such as landscape paintings, and also examines the work […]

Black Families in Civil War Philadelphia

Here’s Professor Holly Pinheiro of Augusta University giving a pretty good presentation on African American Civil War soldiers and their families in Philadelphia, PA. The video’s description reads, “Augusta University Professor Holly Pinheiro talked about Black Civil War soldiers and their families in Philadelphia. He also spoke about his research in newspaper and pension records […]

Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln

This presentation by Professor Michael Burlingame delves into the marriage of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. I have to say he loses credibility by referring to her as “Mary Todd Lincoln,” since that is a name she never used. Additionally, he has a very negative view of Mary that I think is unfair. The video’s description […]