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Where is the Intellectual Ammunition?

I’m often asked where aspiring students of the war can find source material they can use to counter neoconfederate liars. I believe these books can give you an excellent start. They are not the be-all and end-all, and there are plenty of other books that are useful, but these will give you a core understanding […]

The Ever-Changing Past

This is Professor James Banner discussing how all history is revisionist. The video’s description reads, “James Banner is the author of The Ever-Changing Past: Why All History is Revisionist History. He explained in this conversation that history has been continuously reinterpreted since the time of the ancient Greeks as perceptions and cultures evolve. The Wilson Center and National […]

Debunking the myth of the Lost Cause: A lie embedded in American history

Here’s a Ted-Ed video thanks to Professor Karen Cox that debunks the lost cause lie. The video’s description reads, “Examine the myth of the Lost Cause: a campaign created by pro-Confederates after the Civil War to promote the lie that they seceded for state’s rights. — In the 1860’s, 11 southern states withdrew from the […]

Armies of Deliverance

This book by Professor Elizabeth Varon of the University of Virginia is an excellent addition to the scholarship on the Civil War. It’s not a military history of the war, but rather more of a social history about the soldiers and civilians. Professor Varon does give small descriptions of the major military actions to place […]

Elizabeth Varon: Armies of Deliverance

Here’s Professor Elizabeth Varon of the University of Virginia talking about her new book, Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War. This is well worth viewing. The video’s description reads, “University of Virginia History Professor Elizabeth Varon argued that during the Civil War the North was motivated to liberate the South instead of conquering it. This […]

What’s Reliable on the Internet?

Plenty of people have problems figuring out which of the many sites on the internet they can believe are giving the reliable information. Fortunately, there are some tutorials and other information we can use to help. First and most useful is Stanford University’s Civic Online Reasoning curriculum. Lateral Reading is a prime skill to cultivate […]

Was it REALLY the WAR of NORTHERN AGGRESSION?!?!?!

Here’s another Atun-Shei video skewering neoconfederate nonsense hilariously, using actual nonsense spewed by actual neoconfederate nitwits. The video’s description reads, “Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking the Lost Cause myths that Abraham Lincoln was a tyrant, that nobody in the North cared about slavery or abolitionism, and that the warmongering Union invaded the South without provocation or just […]

TARIFFS and TAXES: The REAL Cause of the CIVIL WAR?!

This video from Atun-Shei Films hilariously skewers the neoconfederate lie that claims tariffs and taxes had anything to do with why the Civil War came about. The video’s description reads, “Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking the Lost Cause myth that the American Civil War was fought over taxes and protectionist tariffs. Was the South subjected to disproportionate […]

Understanding the Civil War

Here’s Professor Gary Gallagher speaking at the Library of Virginia for their 2020 symposium on historical illiteracy and understanding the Civil War. This is an outstanding lecture, as are all of Professor Gallagher’s lectures. The video’s description reads, “Historian Gary Gallagher addressed the misconceptions Americans have about the Civil War and outlined four concepts he believes are […]

Civil War Weaponry

Here’s Professor Jeff Kinard of Guilford Technical Community College giving a lecture on Civil War weaponry. He brings a number of artifacts, which is really good, but he could stand to read up on the latest scholarship, particularly Dr. Earl Hess’s work on the rifle musket. The video’s description reads, “Guilford Technical Community College professor Jeff […]