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How to Know a Source is Credible

In this age of fake news, various types of misinformation and disinformation, lost cause lies, black confederate lies, the SCV and UDC, and other falsehood campaigns, we have to be able to discern good sources of information. In other words, “How do we know whom to believe?” Professor Sam Wineburg of Stanford University has been […]

PLEASE TWEET @ YOUR #HISTORY TEACHER

I came across this essay about using social media in the social studies classroom I thought I would share with you. “For most teachers, social media has no place in a classroom. When they do use it, they often retreat to or remain within the safer confines of ‘walled garden’ discussion and message boards where everything […]

GNMP Winter Lecture 2022 – Myths and Misconceptions from the Aftermath of Battle

Here’s Barbara Sanders giving a good lecture on the myths and misconceptions that grew up after the battle of Gettysburg. She also gets into some advice on evaluating sources and the historical method. The video’s description reads, “Were Civil War doctors operating as in the Dark Ages? Were the 2,400 Gettysburg civilians left alone to […]

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 […]

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 […]