Monthly Archives: September 2021

Where Do People Get Their History?

This is another part of the American Historical Association’s survey of the American public. Their report tells us, “survey respondents indicated clear preferences for how they acquire knowledge of the past. Given a range of 19 sources of history (Figure 14), the top three choices were all video format: documentary film/TV, fictional film/TV, and TV […]

How Does the Public Define “History”?

I came across this report from the American Historical Association. It reports on a survey conducted to gauge what the general public thinks about history. “Practicing historians probably have a good idea, even a sophisticated one, about what history is. But such definitions are likely complex and nuanced, and there is little reason to think […]

NCWM Gettysburg to Little Bighorn Custer Man and Myth by Dr Paul Andrew Hutton

Here’s Professor Paul Andrew Hutton giving a fine presentation on George Armstrong Custer as part of the National Civil War Museum’s “Gettysburg to Little Bighorn” symposium. The video’s description reads, “Dr. Paul Andrew Hutton, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, delineates the between controversial cavalry officer George Armstrong Custer and the […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin in Richmond, Virginia with this article. “Two weeks after the 6o-foot-tall statue of Robert E. Lee was removed in Richmond, Va., the former Confederate capital city has become home to a new statue, this one commemorating the abolition of slavery. The Emancipation and Freedom Monument — designed by Thomas Jay Warren, a sculptor based in Oregon — […]

The Civil War in the American West

This book by journalist Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. is a look at Civil War actions in the Trans-Mississippi West. He tells us his book “is an attempt to recognize a part of the nation and its different peoples who are customarily left out of the general histories of the Civil War.” [p. xiv] He begins […]

NCWM Lessons in History: Shaping the Contours of Federalism with Dr. Stephen Engle

Here’s Professor Stephen Engle giving an excellent presentation at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. The video’s description reads, “The National Civil War Museum’s Lesson in History – July 17, 2021, with Florida Atlantic University history professor Dr. Stephen D. Engle examines how and why the states that remained loyal to the Union–won […]

Push for Native American curriculum in schools makes gains

I found this article to be interesting. “For years, many Native American tribes have felt their history has not been given its due by schools in Connecticut, a state that takes its name from an Algonquian word meaning ‘land on the long tidal river.’ Soon, however, schools will be required to teach Native American studies, with an […]

Engaging the World: Ty Seidule

Here’s a terrific interview with BG Ty Seidule. The episode’s description reads, “Ty Seidule is the Chamberlain Fellow at Hamilton College, a New America Fellow, and was recently named to the Confederate Base Naming Commission. In 2015, his five-minute video lecture, ‘Was the Civil War About Slavery?’ became a social media sensation with more than […]

Why Rewriting History Matters

I came across this excellent essay from Professor Heather Cox Richardson. She tells us, “In early July, the Bullock Texas State History Museum cancelled a book event three and a half hours before it was supposed to start. Written by journalists Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford, the book was titled Forget the Alamo: The […]

Why Do We HAVE To Study HISTORY?!

This is a terrific video aimed at high school students to inform them why studying history is important.