Category Historians

American West in 1862

Moderator Professor Alice Baumgartner moderates this round table discussion with Professor Manu Karuka and Professor Jimmy Sweet on the American West in 1862 at the 2022 Organization of American Historians Conference. The video’s description reads, “Historians looked back at the year 1862 and discussed Native Americans and the American West, including the U.S-Dakota Wars and […]

The Mythology of the Lost Cause

Here is an outstanding presentation on the lost cause lie by Professor Caroline Janney. The Q&A period is also great. The video’s description reads, “How did the Confederate myth of the Lost Cause develop? Why was it important for ex-Confederates to establish their ‘history’ of the war? And why has this version of the past […]

CWTR Episode 1829: Battle of New Market Heights Memorial and Education Association

Here’s an excellent discussion between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Tim Talbot of the Battle of New Market Heights Memorial and Education Association.

Textbook Ideological Battles are Nothing New

This article gives us some historical perspective on bias in textbooks, something that has long plagued us. “The Texas State Board of Education preliminarily voted 14-0 today to reject a Mexican-American history textbook that scholars have said was riddled with inaccuracies. A final vote on the textbook is due Friday. ‘One of the fundamental problems with the […]

Civil War Writing

This book edited by Professor Gary Gallagher and Professor Stephen Cushman is a collection of essays considering famous books and writings about the Civil War. They begin their Introduction with a quote from Abraham Lincoln’s February 11, 1859 speech in Jacksonville, Illinois, titled “Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions.” Lincoln said, “Writing–the art of communication thoughts […]

Historians and Hollywood

Here’s a nice discussion between Christy Coleman, Executive Director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and Dr. Jason Herbert covering the “Historians at the Movies” phenomenon on Twitter. The video’s description reads, “Jason Herbert, creator of ‘Historians At The Movies,’ talked with Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation executive director Christy Coleman about Hollywood’s take on history. This program was hosted by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.” https://www.c-span.org/video/?517352-1/historians-hollywood

“History As It Happens” Podcast

Here’s a terrific conversation between host Martin Di Caro of The Washington Times and his guest, Dr. James Grossman of the American Historical Association on so-called “divisive topics” such as Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project. The video’s description reads, “Martin Di Caro, host of the Washington Times podcast, ‘History as it Happens,’ interviewed American Historical Association president James […]

History, Disrupted

This is Jason Steinhauer discussing how history gets interpreted and how the internet and social media have affected the history profession and the craft of history. This is based on his book, History, Distrupted: How Social Media & the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past. The video’s description reads, “Historian Jason Steinhauer discussed how history […]

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 […]

The Remarkable Life Of Frederick Douglass

This is an outstanding interview with Professor David Blight on NPR’s “Fresh Aire” program. The episode description tells us, “Historian David Blight’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography traced Frederick Douglass’ path from slavery to abolitionist and inspired HBO’s documentary, Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches. ‘Seeing and hearing Douglass became, through the course of the 19th century, a kind […]