Category Historians

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 […]

Podcast: Nina Silber on Reunion and Reconciliation

Here’s a fantastic discussion with Professor Nina Silber on her partly historiographical article in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of American History regarding Reunion and Reconciliation. She discusses the latest scholarship on reunion and reconciliation and gives us some terrific insights. She’s been thinking about what reunion meant and the difference between reunion and […]

Peter Drummey, How Archives Work

If you’re a serious student of the war, or any aspect of history, or even if you’re an aspiring historian, you’ll need to eventually find your way into some archives to do research. In this podcast, Liz Covart interviews Peter Drummey, an archivist and the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at the Massachusetts Historical Society. According to […]