Category Historians

Sure, We Teach History. But Do We Know Why It’s Important?

This is a very good article for anyone who teaches history. The author tells us, “When the nation feels not just divided, but divided in an unprecedented way, studying history serves as a guide. A nation that can see through and place the turbulent present in historical context is better empowered to grasp the present […]

The Rogue Historian: Civil War Fandom with Mary Fincher

This is a terrific conversation between host Dr. Keith Harris and Mary Fincher, aka “Civil War Fangirl.” I found it very enjoyable, and I think you will as well. You can access the podcast here.

More on the 1619 Project Controversy

The Oxford historian Richard Carwardine has weighed in on the 1619 Project. He says of the project, “this is a tendentious and partial reading of American history.” He expands on it, “Of course, the economic well-being of the United States and the colonies that preceded it was constructed for over two-and-a-half centuries on the labor […]

The Rogue Historian History and the Public at Gettysburg National Military Park with Chris Gwinn

Here’s an excellent discussion between two friends of mine, Dr. Keith Harris, host of the podcast, and Supervisory Ranger Chris Gwinn of the Gettysburg National Military Park. It’s well worth your time. You can access the podcast here.

Are the 1619 Project’s Defenders its Worst Enemies?

While most of the critiques of the 1619 Project have been ideological in nature, with right-wing pundits attacking the project with little substance, there have been some substantial critiques. In earlier posts I highlighted critiques from historians that took on project assertions with substance. In most instances, the response from the defenders to these substantive […]

The 1619 Project Debate Continues

The rhetorical battle over the New York Times’s “1619 Project” continues unabated. The eminent historian Victoria Bynum details her objections in her blog post here. She says, “After reframing the meaning of the American Revolution, [Nicole] Hannah-Jones moves on to the Civil War and Reconstruction, barely touching on American abolitionism and ignoring the free soil movement, […]

CW Talk Radio Episode 1615: Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

In this episode of Civil War Talk Radio, host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz speaks with Kevin Levin on the black confederate myth. This is a terrific discussion. They discuss Professor Earl Hess’s controversial article from Civil War History in the first segment.