Author Archives: Al Mackey

Town Talk- Dec 5, 2018

In this installment, historian John Hennessy, the Chief Historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, speaks with host Ted Schubel. This is a very good conversation. The episode’s description reads, “Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Chief Historian John Hennessy on Presidents visiting the area, the importance of anniversaries, the Spared and Shared […]

The Latest on Silent Sam

As you recall, “Silent Sam” is the confederate monument on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. A group of students pulled it down, and now the pedestal sits bare of the statue. A task force at the university has considered the fate of the monument and now there’s a proposal. […]

Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham

Here’s author Janet Croon speaking about her book, The War Outside My Window, which is the diary of a teenager in Georgia, Leroy Wiley Gresham. The video’s description reads, “Janet Croon talked about the book The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham. Gresham was a 12-year-old boy from a wealthy slave-holding family in […]

Slavery Laws in Texas and Mexico During the 1830s

Here’s Professor Alice Baumgartner of the University of Southern California being interviewed on the history of slavery in Texas and Mexico in the 1830s. The video’s description reads, “Historian Alice Baumgartner talked about the tension along the border between Mexico and the Republic of Texas during the mid-19th century because of differing laws over slavery. American […]

Peter Carmichael on A House Divided. S. 3 ep 17

Here’s a terrific interview with Professor Peter Carmichael of Gettysburg College at the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago, Illinois. Bjorn Skaptason did a fine job with this interview. They discussed Peter’s new book, The War for the Common Soldier, and a little about the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.

Three Myths That Explain Why Americans Don’t Know Much About History

I came across this article that has some really interesting information in it. According to the article, “A survey released earlier this month revealed that only one in three Americans would pass the U.S. citizenship test—a bar easily met by the vast majority of the immigrants who take it. Among other embarrassments, 2% of those surveyed […]

Uncivil Podcast Episode: “The Portrait”

This episode of the Uncivil podcast shows how the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) isn’t interested in the truth of history; rather, they’re only interested in pushing lies to fool people about the Civil War. According to the show notes, “A listener voicemail sends us deep down the rabbit hole into one of the most […]