Category Historians

Historians Provide Context for Confederate Monuments

Historians have been busy. My friend and fellow blogger, Megan Kate Nelson, put together a group of links to historians commenting on the confederate monument issue here. Noted Lincoln author Harold Holzer has a piece in the New York Daily News. He writes, “There’s nothing wrong with removing truly offensive statues that elevate traitors in public space. […]

Why Understanding Civil War Monuments Matters

Here’s a discussion on confederate monuments and the role historians play in explaining them with my friend and blogging colleague Kevin Levin and Professor Daina Ramey Berry of the University of Texas at Austin. You can access it here.

Douglas Southall Freeman on Sources

Douglas Southall Freeman, the son of a confederate veteran, was a journalist and historian in Virginia. He wrote a 4-volume biography of Robert E. Lee that rightly won the Pulitzer Prize. He followed that with a 3-volume work titled Lee’s Lieutenants, which delved into a history of the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee. Next […]

Take Note: Historian Carol Reardon on the Facts & Fiction of the American Civil War

Here’s an interview with Professor Carol Reardon, one of our top military historians. Here she talks a bit about the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge at Gettysburg, separating some fact from fiction for us. It’s always a treat to get her take on things. Enjoy.

The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Abolitionism

Here’s Professor Manisha Sinha appearing on Professor John Fea’s podcast, “The Way of Improvement Leads Home.” It’s a good discussion based on her book, The Slaves’ Cause: A History of Abolition. Her interview runs from the 17:55 point to the 46:00 point. You can access it here.

Historian Brooks Simpson

Here’s a C-SPAN interview with Brooks Simpson, who is one of the top historians working today. I’m proud to call him a friend. The video’s description reads, “Professor Brooks Simpson talked about the challenges of writing history and biography. Professor Simpson is the author of multiple books on the Civil War and Reconstruction era, including […]

Michael McDonnell, The History of History Writing

In this Ben Franklin’s World podcast, host Liz Covart speaks with historian Michael McDonnell of the University of Sydney on historiography and how historians use it in their work, as well as why it’s important for us students to understand it. Here’s what we’ll learn: What You’ll Discover Charles-Michel Mouet de Langlade Langlade’s Native American […]