Author Archives: Al Mackey

Stone Ghosts: A Journey Through The Confederate South, From Charlottesville To Selma | NBC News

This is a short documentary of a young man’s trip through the South to understand confederate monuments. He talks with some white southerners, some of whom push a phony view of history in their defense of confederate iconography. As usual, people who defend the confederacy shamelessly lie. They are people of low character who are […]

Eric Foner on His Book, The Fiery Trial

Here’s Professor Eric Foner giving another terrific presentation on his book, The Fiery Trial, at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. The video’s description reads, “Eric Foner examines Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts on slavery. Mr. Foner relays that early in Mr. Lincoln’s political career he was “naturally anti-slavery” but adhered to the Constitution’s protection of the institution in the […]

2018 Winter Lecture Series – Early at the Gates: The Battle of Fort Stevens

Here’s Ranger Steve Phan of the Civil War Defenses of Washington giving an outstanding presentation on Jubal Early’s attack on Washington at the Battle of Fort Stevens in 1864. This was part of the 2018 Winter Lecture Series at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The video’s description reads, “The role of the fortifications around Washington, […]

After Words with Amanda Foreman

This is a fascinating discussion between Dr. Amanda Foreman and Professor Eric Foner regarding Dr. Foreman’s book, A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War. I really enjoyed listening to this discussion. The video’s description reads, “Oxford historian Amanda Foreman reveals that many British citizens fought on both sides of the Civil War for a host […]

Conduct of the Civil War in 1861

Here’s a panel discussing the Civil War in 1861. It was held at the 2011 Lincoln Forum Symposium in Gettysburg, PA. The panel consisted of historians John Marszalek, Craig Symonds, Adam Goodheart, Thomas Horrocks, and William C. “Jack” Davis, along with Harold Holzer and Frank Williams, former Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. […]

The Fiery Trial

Here’s Professor Eric Foner speaking at the 2011 National Book Festival on the Mall in Washington, D.C. This is an excellent presentation. The video’s description reads, “Eric Foner talked about his book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. He responded to questions from members of the audience. This was a program in the History and Biography Pavilion of […]

Faculty consider leaving college named for Robert E. Lee after president rejects recommended changes to campus

This article came across my path today. It starts, “Washington and Lee University is, in a sense, a shrine to the Confederacy, taking its name from leader Robert E. Lee, who is buried on campus and whose tomb is often used a centerpiece for on-campus events.” I have to disagree with that statement. It could […]