Those who watched the Ken Burns series, The Civil War, no doubt remember Shelby Foote discussing the large number of casualties in the war and intoning, “The reason for the high casualties is really quite simple: the weapons were way ahead of the tactics.” It turns out, Shelby was wrong–again. This book by Professor Earl J. […]
Peter Carmichael, Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College and the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of History at Gettysburg College, graciously agreed to sit down with me for an interview this past summer. We spoke on Friday, July 13, 2018 in the Civil War Institute’s offices on the Gettysburg College campus. You can […]
This article is about Professor Sam Wineburg’s latest book, Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone). I enjoy Professor Wineburg’s take on history education. We learn what “frames” Professor Wineburg’s book: “Many people equate ‘historical knowledge’ with nothing more than facts, names, and dates. So if a five-inch handheld device can tell you faster […]
Here’s an interview with the late historian Kenneth M. Stampp from the 1980s. He gives some basic information about being a historian. This is from a PBS show called “The Open Mind.” You can access the video here.
Here’s a tutorial for teachers, or for anyone who seeks to explain Civil War topics to others. It uses Google Earth and an application called Explain Everything to create presentations to help illustrate battles and troop movements. This is very useful. The video’s description reads, “A quick movie to show how you can use Google […]
This is a very useful book for students of history, though it’s designed for university undergraduates majoring in history. Even so, we students who have already been through college can find some good information in here. My copy is the first edition, and if I’m not mistaken it’s up to its third edition right now. […]
This is a terrific book from Sam Wineburg, who is a Professor of Cognitive Studies in Education and an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Washington in Seattle. He asks why we should teach history, and what is it good for? His answer is, “My claim in a nutshell is that history holds […]