Monthly Archives: February 2022
We begin this week’s look at the national retreat of confederate heritage with this article from Cordele, Georgia. “The City of Cordele is torn between a controversial decision – to keep the Confederate statue standing in the middle of the city, or to remove it. Some say it is a part of history, others want […]
We’ve had some Reconstruction coverage in the media, and we can begin with this article, telling us what Martin Luther King, Jr. had so say about it in light of Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois’s book, Black Reconstruction in America. Here’s an excerpt of what Dr. King said in a speech he delivered on […]
Here’s Troy Harman kicking of the 2022 Winter Lecture Series at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The video’s description reads, “Join Ranger Troy Harman for a fascinating discussion of the unique challenges faced by the 11th Virginia during Pickett’s Charge. From their position on the far right of the assault, to the obstacles they faced […]
Here’s a really good interview on the WITF [Harrisburg] NPR station’s “Smart Talk” program with Professor Bruce Levine, author of the book, Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice. You can access the program here.
With the proliferation of dubious websites we need to be able to evaluate where we’re getting our information to avoid misinformation. Let’s start with this essay by former Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling. “The past several years have seen a massive, sometimes malicious, assault on our sense of shared reality. The combination of social media […]
Here’s Professor Peter Carmichael giving a presentation to the US Army Heritage and Education Center on writings by common soldiers. This is based on his book, The War for the Common Soldier. The video’s description reads, “Dr. Peter Carmichael looks into the soldiers’ own words to find common threads in their experiences and ways of […]
This is a terrific conversation between host Professor Joseph Coohill, aka “Professor Buzzkill,” and Professor Heather Cox Richardson on the life of the Oglala Lakota leader Red Cloud. The episode’s description reads, “Heather Cox Richardson tells us about Red Cloud, a Native American leader who deserves more fame and glory. Dr. Richardson gives us a […]
We begin with this article showing how confederate heritage is based on lying and racism. “Above the gates of hell, the poet Dante says, there’s an inscription: ‘Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.’ Above the front door of the Alabama Statehouse, there’s another warning: ‘Audemus jura nostra defendere.’ We dare defend our rights. Last […]
Here’s an excellent conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Frank O’Reilly of the National Park Service based on Frank’s book, The Fredericksburg Campaign.
In this presentation from the 2021 Emerging Civil War symposium, Gordon Rhea lectures on James Ewell Brown Stuart. The video’s description reads, “Civil War author and historian Gordon Rhea talked about Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart’s mortal wounding in May 1864 at Yellow Tavern, part of a skirmish on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia.” https://www.c-span.org/video/?513962-4/fallen-leaders-confederate-general-jeb-stuart