Monthly Archives: October 2021

Robert E. Lee: A Life

Out of all the books written to tell the life story of former US Army Colonel Robert E. Lee, few have actually been good. Among the best written are the hagiographic four volumes from Douglas Southall Freeman, the more balanced biography from Professor Emory Thomas, and the excellent view of Lee through his personal letters […]

1820 Missouri Compromise

Here’s a pretty good discussion of the Missouri Compromise with the two coauthors of A Fire Bell in the Past: The Missouri Crisis at 200. The video’s description reads, “In 1820, the Missouri Compromise made Missouri a slave state and Maine a free state. In their book, A Fire Bell in the Past, authors Jeffrey Pasley and John Craig […]

Fallen Leaders – Union General Thomas Stevenson

In this presentation from the 2021 Emerging Civil War Fallen Leaders symposium, Dr. Chris Mackowski discusses Thomas G. Stevenson ,a United States general killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. The video’s description reads, “Chris Mackowski, editor in chief of the ‘Emerging Civil War’ blog, talked about Union General Thomas Stevenson, who was was […]

David Reynolds and H.W. Brands on Abraham Lincoln

Here’s an excellent discussion about Abraham Lincoln with Professor H. W. Brands and Professor David S. Reynolds. The video’s description reads, “Historians David Reynolds and H.W. Brands discussed Abraham Lincoln as part of a virtual symposium on his life and times that was hosted by Ford’s Theatre and the Abraham Lincoln Institute.” https://www.c-span.org/video/?515206-1/david-reynolds-hw-brands-abraham-lincoln

The Reconstruction Era

Here’s a discussion about the Reconstruction era with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. The video’s description reads, “Former Charleston, South Carolina Mayor Joseph Riley and professor Kerry Taylor co-taught a course at The Citadel military college looking at why a new African American history museum is being built in the city. They were joined by Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates […]

NCWM Lessons in History Series: “The Civil War in a Global Context” with Dr. Aaron Sheehan Dean

Professor Aaron Sheehan Dean places the Civil War in the context of what other nations were doing, especially Britain during the Sepoy Rebellion. The video’s description reads, “Dr. Aaron Sheehan Dean presented virtually for our NCWM Lessons in History Series on May 22, 2021. Most histories of the American Civil War describe it as a […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

There was some movement on the confederate heritage front this past week. We begin with this article containing some potentially bad news for some prominent confederate monument lovers. “On August 12th, 2017, Marcus Martin and his then-fiancée Marissa Blair were in downtown Charlottesville with Blair’s friend and co-worker Heather Heyer. They had spent the day at the […]

The Manufactured Culture War Against a Phony Version of Critical Race Theory Continues

Right Wing liars who deliberately misstate what Critical Race Theory says continue their cynical culture war to deceive people into voting for them. We begin with this article from this past summer. “North Carolina Republicans passed a bill limiting how teachers can discuss certain racial concepts in classes through the Senate Thursday along party lines. … Republicans have said […]

A Reminder that Critical Race Theory is Not What Lying Right Wingers Want You to Think It Is

It’s been awhile since we visited the Right Wing’s manufactured culture war. First let’s look at some actual facts regarding CRT. In this article we find, “Critical race theory is just that–a theory–but the term has been weaponized, with its most extreme critics alleging that merely studying the theory is racist. Long before the concept dubbed […]

Fallen Leaders: Confederate General Earl Van Dorn

Here’s Matt Atkinson giving a typically excellent presentation on Earl Van Dorn. This was part of the Emerging Civil War 2021 “Fallen Leaders” symposium. The video’s description reads, “Gettysburg Park Ranger Matt Atkinson discussed Confederate General Earl Van Dorn’s largely unsuccessful military career and his death. In May 1863, while at his Tennessee headquarters, he was […]