Monthly Archives: August 2022

Naming Commission Final Report Part II

The US Department of Defense Naming Commission has released its Final Report Part II. The document tells us it “addresses assets on the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and the United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis and fulfills the requirements mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, […]

Social Studies Interactive Notebooks

I thought readers might be interested to see a popular technique among social studies teachers–the interactive notebook. It’s used in other subjects as well, but here we’ll concentrate on its use in social studies. This article discusses interactive notebooks in the classroom and gives a few generalized pointers. “History Alive was one of the early […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

This article is about the Fascist candidate for governor in Pennsylvania, a supporter of the treasonous former president, who is a fan of the treasonous slaveholder side in the War of the Slaveholders’ Rebellion, also known as the American Civil War. “Three years before retiring from the U.S. Army in 2017, Donald Trump-backed Pennsylvania gubernatorial […]


Here is another useful article for teaching history, this one from Professor Erika Vause of St. John’s University in New York City. It’s also good for students of history interested in furthering their own growth and self-learning. “In his seminal 1961 essay ‘The Historian and His Facts,’ E.H. Carr compared writing history to preparing fish. […]

The Frederick Douglass Anthology

Teachers and students of history and the Civil War have a wonderful new resource, the Frederick Douglass Anthology. The website tells us, “The Frederick Douglass Anthology is a project by Dami Kim with support from the Laidlaw Undergraduate Leadership and Research Scholarship Programme.” We learn, “Dami Kim is an undergraduate student at Georgetown University (COL […]

The Creep of History

This piece by Jay Caspian Kang is another commentary on Dr. James Sweet’s controversial essay. “Last week, the historian James Sweet found himself in the middle of one of the confusing messes that pop up from time to time in the highest reaches of academia. As the president of the American Historical Association, Sweet writes […]


This is a terrific article by Scott Hartwig about Pickett’s Charge. “All Civil War battles have their share of myths, but Gettysburg seems to be in a league of its own. One of the more enduring ones—one I heard frequently when I worked at Gettysburg National Military Park—was that during Pickett’s Charge on July 3, J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry was supposed to […]

The Boy General, Francis Barlow

Here’s Professor Joan Waugh giving a fine lecture on Francis Channing Barlow at this past summer’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College symposium. The video’s description reads, “Historian Joan Waugh talked about the early life, education, and military career of Francis Barlow, known as the Boy General. This program was part of Gettysburg College’s annual Civil War […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

This post is a day later than I usually like, because I spent Sunday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. watching the stage production of “Hamilton,” which was a terrific performance. The cast sang their hearts out and did a fantastic job with a brilliant play. It was […]

African Founders

Here’s an excellent discussion with Professor David Hackett Fischer concerning his latest book, African Founders. The video’s description reads, “Historian David Hackett Fischer talked about how people from different parts of Africa influenced regional cultures in the United States. The Atlanta History Center hosted this virtual program.”