Category Historians

CWTR Episode 1812: From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lees Civil War, Day by Day, 1861-1865

This is an excellent discussion between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Charlie Knight, on Charlie’s latest book, From Arlington to Appomattox, which is a book I’m looking forward to acquiring and reading.

CWTR Episode 1806: The Long Civil War: New Explorations of Americas Enduring Conflict

Here’s a conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Professor John David Smith on the book Professor Smith co-edited, The Long Civil War, which is a book of essays. It would have been much better had they done more discussing of the essays in the book, but what they did discuss is worth […]

CWTR Episode 1805: Campaign for the Confederate Coast: Blockading, Blockade Running and Related Endeavors During the American Civil War

Here’s a pretty good conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Gil Hahn, on the blockade and blockade running based on Mr. Hahn’s book, Campaign for the Confederate Coast.


We recently looked at Professor Gary Gallagher’s consideration of whether or not the Ken Burns series still stands up. Here is a view from last year by graduate student Ella Starkman-Hynes in the Journal of the Civil War Era. She writes, ” When it was first broadcast on PBS, thirty years ago this September, The Civil War was […]

Ken Burns’s ‘Civil War’ PBS Series is 30 — Does it Still Measure Up?

I’ve been meaning to get to this article by Professor Gary Gallagher for awhile. After discussing the wide reach and influence of the documentary, Professor Gallagher writes, “Academic historians have focused much of their criticism on whether Burns spent inordinate time on military campaigns and thereby obscured more important social, political, and cultural issues—especially those […]

History in Dispute: Charlottesville and Confederate Monuments–A Teacher Resource

This site has some excellent links and resources teachers can use when teaching about the fascist riot in Charlottesville and when teaching about confederate monuments. It has these objectives: Students will: Understand the idea of historical memory. Contextualize recent events in Charlottesville within a larger historical controversy. Apply the concept of historical memory to the […]

Archaeologists Take on Culp’s Hill

This article tells us about some recent archaeological work on Culp’s Hill at the Gettysburg National Military Park. “Steps from remains of Union earthworks and within sight of the ‘God Tree,’ Gettysburg National Military Park archaeologist Erik Kreusch and two volunteers sweep metal detectors over deep-brown earth. ‘Beep, beep, beeepppp ….’ A pricey machine squeals, announcing the presence of metal […]

Caroline Janney on Ends of War

Here’s Professor Caroline Janney with an excellent discussion of her latest book, Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee’s Army After Appomattox with Bjorn Skaptason of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. The video’s description reads, “On September 30, 2021 Professor Caroline E. Janney joined Bjorn Skaptason to discuss her new book about the demobilization […]

Woody Holton–Liberty Is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution

Here’s historian Woody Holton discussing his new book, Liberty Is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution with Ph.D. candidate Adam McNeill. Dr. Holton is a huge supporter of the 1619 Project. The video’s description reads, “Recorded October 28, 2021 In conversation with Adam McNeil, host of the New Books in African American Studies […]

The Manufactured Culture War Against a Phony Version of Critical Race Theory Continues

Right Wing liars who deliberately misstate what Critical Race Theory says continue their cynical culture war to deceive people into voting for them. We begin with this article from this past summer. “North Carolina Republicans passed a bill limiting how teachers can discuss certain racial concepts in classes through the Senate Thursday along party lines. … Republicans have said […]