Category Digital History

Author, Historian Ed Ayers | A Conversation

Here’s an outstanding discussion with Professor Edward Ayers on history education. The video’s description reads, “If you care about the future of history education, you need to watch this video. With over four decades of experience in history education and numerous awards and accolades (which includes a selection as a Pulitzer Prize finalist and being […]

The Thin Light of Freedom

This book by Professor Edward Ayers completes the series of two books began with his In the Presence of Mine Enemies. Both books are outgrowths of the “Valley of the Shadow Project” from the University of Virginia, a digital history project which maintains an archive of primary sources dealing with two counties only 200 miles apart […]

In the Presence of Mine Enemies

This book by Professor Edward Ayers is actually the first of two volumes looking at the Civil War and Reconstruction from the viewpoint of two counties, Franklin County in Pennsylvania and Augusta County in Virginia, only a couple hundred miles from each other along the Shenandoah/Cumberland Valley. It comes to us as a result of […]

Slavery and Reconstruction in the West

Here’s Professor Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington speaking on Slavery and Reconstruction in the American West. The video’s description reads, “University of Washington historian Quintard Taylor explored slavery, the abolition movement, and Reconstruction in the West, focusing on Kansas and Missouri before and after the Civil War. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this talk.”

Using Google Earth and Explain Everything to teach the Civil War

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 […]

The 1860 Election Results by County

The Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Battlefield Park posted this on Twitter. It’s the first time I’ve seen such a map from the 1860 election:

The Atlantic slave trade: What too few textbooks told you – Anthony Hazard

Here’s a nice, concise TED-Ed video on the Atlantic Slave Trade. Any teachers out there can use this in class, as it’s short and accurate, leaving lots of time for additional information and discussion. The video’s description reads, “View full lesson:…  Slavery has occurred in many forms throughout the world, but the Atlantic slave trade […]