Author Archives: Al Mackey

NCWM Lessons in History with Dr. Rafuse – George B. McClellan & Civil-Military Relations.

Here’s Professor Ethan Rafuse of the US Army Command and General Staff College giving an excellent presentation on Major General George B. McClellan and Civil-Military relations at the National Civil War Museum. The video’s description reads, “Dr. Ethan Rafuse, Professor of History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS […]

Lessons of Reconstruction: A Panel Discussion

Senator Bernie Sanders hosted this discussion about Reconstruction with Professor Eric Foner, Professor Keeanga-Yamahata Taylor, and Professor Cornel West. It highlights how many of the issues of Reconstruction are relevant to today’s world.

Sweet Taste of Liberty

This is an excellent discussion with Professor Caleb McDaniel on his book, Sweet Taste of Liberty. He discusses the book with Professor Stephanie McCurry and Jordan Brewington. The video’s description reads, “Pulitzer Prize-winning author Caleb McDaniel told the story of Henrietta Wood, an enslaved woman who survived slavery twice and successfully sued her former owner for damages […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin by catching up on some articles that dropped through the cracks, such as this article out of Richmond, Virginia. “The same company that took down the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia, was hired to dismantle the city’s last major Confederate statue and the pedestals where other Civil War-linked monuments used to […]

The Mississippi Secession Convention

This book by Timothy B. Smith looks at the delegates and the actions of the Mississippi Secession Convention. He tells us, “While certainly the climax of the secession movement, the convention was nevertheless also the birth of another era of Mississippi politics. The secession question was finished with the passage of the ordinance on January […]

After Words: Nikole Hannah-Jones

This is a pretty good conversation between Professor Steven Hahn and Nikole Hannah-Jones about the newly released book, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. The video’s description reads, “Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the 1619 Project and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, looked at American history, slavery, and its legacy in present-day America. She was interviewed by New […]

Author Discussion on the Legacy of Slavery in America

This is an excellent discussion between Professor Annette Gordon-Reed and author Clint Smith. The video’s description reads, “Authors Annette Gordon-Reed and Clint Smith spoke about the legacy of slavery in America. The Boston Book Festival sponsored this virtual event.”

Civil War Naval Warfare

This is Professor Laura June Davis of Southern Utah University delivering an excellent lecture on Naval Warfare and guerrilla warfare in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Southern Utah University professor Laura June Davis taught a class about Civil War naval warfare. She highlighted instances of guerrilla attacks on U.S waterways and described pro-Confederate sympathizers who sabotaged Union vessels.” […]

Myths and Misunderstandings: Slaveholding and the Confederate Soldier

This article from the American Civil War Museum takes on the myth that only a few confederates had motive to fight for slavery. ” “My great grandfather didn’t own slaves. In fact, most Confederate soldiers did not own slaves; therefore he didn’t fight for slavery and the war couldn’t have been about slavery.’ The logic […]

States Are Dropping the Ball On Reconstruction Education

The folks at the Zinn Education Project produced this report on the state of Reconstruction education in our country today. Spoiler alert: we’re not doing so well. “Even as ongoing crises with obvious links to the Reconstruction era continue to reinforce its significance today, most people living in the United States know shockingly little about […]