Monthly Archives: November 2021

An Update on the 1619 Project

There’s been some movement regarding the 1619 Project since we last checked in with it. Professor Woody Holton has jumped in to fully support the project. As this article shows, the real socialists are still against the 1619 Project, and they discuss Professor Holton’s support. “University of South Carolina historian Woody Holton is mounting a […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin this week’s roundup with this article out of King George County in Virginia. “On a 3–2 vote, the King George County Board of Supervisors voted this week to move a monument that honors Confederate soldiers off the courthouse lawn. The action was applauded by members and friends of the King George chapter of […]

Virginia at War 1865

This is the last in the Virginia at War series from the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. This book edited by Professor James I. Robertson Jr. and William C. Davis, like the others in the series, is a collection of essays from some excellent historians. The editors write, “The war had to end eventually, […]

Ben Franklin’s World Episode 312: The Domestic Slave Trade

In this podcast host Dr. Liz Covart and her guest, Professor Adam Rothman, discuss the domestic slave trade. As the podcast’s website tells us, “During our investigation, Josh reveals the long history of North America’s domestic or internal slave trade; How and why the United States Congress passed a ban on the international or transatlantic […]

CWTR Episode 1812: From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lees Civil War, Day by Day, 1861-1865

This is an excellent discussion between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Charlie Knight, on Charlie’s latest book, From Arlington to Appomattox, which is a book I’m looking forward to acquiring and reading.

CWTR Episode 1806: The Long Civil War: New Explorations of Americas Enduring Conflict

Here’s a conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Professor John David Smith on the book Professor Smith co-edited, The Long Civil War, which is a book of essays. It would have been much better had they done more discussing of the essays in the book, but what they did discuss is worth […]

CWTR Episode 1805: Campaign for the Confederate Coast: Blockading, Blockade Running and Related Endeavors During the American Civil War

Here’s a pretty good conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Gil Hahn, on the blockade and blockade running based on Mr. Hahn’s book, Campaign for the Confederate Coast.

The Southern Slaveholders Dreamed of a Slaveholding Empire

I came across this interview with Professor Kevin Waite of Durham University. It’s based on Professor Waite’s new book, West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire. We learn, “In 1851, Jefferson Davis presented to his Senate colleagues a plan facilitating travel throughout the newly colonized southwestern United States. Three years earlier, the […]

Dickinson College renames campus spaces to honor formerly enslaved people who contributed to the school

As we learn from this article, Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA renamed a building and a gate after formerly enslaved people who were key employees at the college. “The community of Dickinson College gathered together on Saturday to honor the renaming of a residence hall and campus gate after former slaves who contributed to the […]


We recently looked at Professor Gary Gallagher’s consideration of whether or not the Ken Burns series still stands up. Here is a view from last year by graduate student Ella Starkman-Hynes in the Journal of the Civil War Era. She writes, ” When it was first broadcast on PBS, thirty years ago this September, The Civil War was […]