Category Lectures

1862 Battle of Secessionville

Here’s Dan Welch giving a pretty good presentation on the 1862 battle at Secessionville, South Carolina. This was part of the 2019 Emerging Civil War symposium. The video’s description reads, “Dan Welch discussed the 1862 Battle of Secessionville, a Union attempt to wrest control of nearby Tower Battery from the Confederate Army. Controlling this area meant […]

Searching for Black Confederates Massachusetts Historical Society

Here’s Kevin Levin giving a great presentation to the Massachusetts Historical Society on the black confederate myth. The video’s description reads, “Historian Kevin Levin talked about his book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, in which he provided research that refutes claims that some African Americans served freely in the Confederate Army.”

Remembering 1619, the Slave Trade, and Resistance

This is a pretty good panel on the beginnings of slavery in what would become the United States. The video’s description reads, “This was the opening program of the 2019 Lapidus Center conference titled, “Enduring Slavery: Resistance, Public Memory, and Transatlantic Archives.” This program included remarks by philanthropist Sid Lapidus, the awarding of the Harriet Tubman prize, and […]

1862 Battle of Williamsburg

Here’s Drew Gruber of Civil War Trails discussing the Battle of Williamsburg at the 2019 Emerging Civil War symposium. This is a pretty good presentation. The video’s description reads, “Drew Gruber talked about the 1862 Battle of Williamsburg in Virginia – and why it was overshadowed that year by larger and bloodier battles. We also heard […]

1864 New Market Campaign

Here’s Sarah Kay Bierle discussing the battle of New Market and the campaign that led to it. This is a pretty good presentation, worth the time to watch. It was part of the 2019 Emerging Civil War Symposium. The video’s description reads, “Sarah Kay Bierle talked about 1864 New Market Campaign, which she argued resulted […]

The American Civil War: Obsolete Myths and Real Questions

Here’s Professor Andrew Zimmerman of George Washington University busting neoconfederate lies about the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “This lecture will introduce some of the most interesting and important questions historians of the American Civil War are asking today. These include: what role did slaves themselves play in the end of slavery? How did […]

Self-Pity of the Defeated and ‘Lies Agreed Upon’: The Lost Cause and Memory of the American Civil War

This is a great classroom discussion on the lies of the lost cause. The video’s description reads, “Lone Star College-Kingwood, in association with the Center for Civic Engagement, provides thought provoking discussions on the campus common read ‘Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)’ by Carol Tavris and Elliott Aronson. The Self-Pity of the Defeated […]