Author Archives: Al Mackey

African American Life Historical Interpretation

This is a discussion among historical interpreters at Colonial Williamsburg regarding their portrayal of African American life in colonial times. The video’s description reads, “Colonial Williamsburg historical interpreters talked about portraying 18th century African American life. Colonial Williamsburg hosted this event.” Advertisements

Lincoln the War President

This is a book of lectures edited by Professor Gabor S. Boritt, retired from Gettysburg College. The lectures come from six Robert Fortenbaugh Lectures given in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by eminent historians, capped off with a lecture Dr. Boritt gave at Gettysburg College. In the first lecture, “The Shadow of a Coming War,” Robert V. Bruce […]

All the Powers of Earth Discussion

Here’s author Sidney Blumenthal discussing his new entry in his multivolume biography of Abraham Lincoln. The video’s description reads, “Sidney Blumenthal talked about his book, [All the Powers of Earth: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. III, 1856-1860, in which he continued his multi-volume political biography of Abraham Lincoln with a focus on the years leading up to Lincoln’s […]

American Rambler Episode 148: Matt Hulbert

This is a terrific conversation between the host, Dr. Colin Woodward, and guest Dr. Matt Hulbert. It’s a great discussion regarding academic publishing, guerrilla warfare in the Civil War, and Dr. Earl Hess’s controversial article in Civil War History as well as who would you rather have dinner with, Robert E. Lee or Nathan Bedford Forrest. […]

Constant Wonder: Black Confederates

Here’s a nice interview with Kevin Levin and the hosts of the show “Constant Wonder” on Brigham Young University Radio. The segment is the last segment of their show. You can access it here.

The Weeping Day: The Largest Recorded Slave Auction in History

Today’s Washington Post had this article. The article says, “So on March 2 and 3, 1859, Pierce Mease Butler, whose grandfather had signed the U.S. Constitution, sold off 429 human beings he ‘owned’ in what historians say was the largest recorded auction of enslaved people in U.S. history. The incident became known as ‘the weeping time’ […]

Historical Implications of a Failing Heart

I found this article on Robert E. Lee’s health and the growth of the medical profession, written by Dr. Richard A. Reinhart, M.D., originally published in Surgeon’s Call, Volume 21, No. 1 (2016). Dr. Reinhart tells us, “During Lee’s 63 years (1807-1870), medical education and practice were in significant transition. Early in the nineteenth century, […]