Category News Stories

Custer’s Last Stand

This Sunday is the 141st anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, also known as “Custer’s Last Stand.” June 25, 1876 was a shock to the United States. Custer was the most famous Indian fighter in the army at the time. As the nation was preparing to celebrate its centennial, the news came […]

Historians Respond to the President

I’m sure you recall President Trump’s comments about Andrew Jackson being able to prevent the Civil War from happening if he had been in office. Historians have been responding to this claim. J. M. Opal of McGill University submits “Why the Donald Trump-Andrew Jackson bromance is bad for America: Our current President’s ignorance about the […]

The President Wonders Why There Was a Civil War

There are three groups you should never trust to give you accurate history: politicians, journalists, and confederate heritage advocates. Don’t trust politicians because they are usually trying to use history to further their agenda. Don’t trust journalists because their historical knowledge is poor and their sense of history extends only as far as last Tuesday. […]

Monuments to the Fight for Slavery Face Possible Removal

The discussion over confederate monuments in Charlottesville, VA made it to CBS News this past week. You can see the written story here. I find a couple things interesting. First, those who purport to favor local control over being controlled by a more centralized government have no problem with the centralized state government overruling a […]

Some Incidents of Fake History

Fake news is in the public eye quite a bit these days. Here we’re going to consider some fake history. The first is Confederate History Month, also known to some as Fake History Month. Fake Confederate History Month is a relatively new beast, with its origin being traced to the 1990s with the first Fake […]

Smithsonian.com Flunks American History

The Smithsonian Institute is normally a reputable source for information; however, when they rely on freelance writers for stories, they put their reputation at risk, such as with this story. Freelance journalist Kat Eschner wrote the story. She has a master’s degree in journalism, but from what I can tell no training in history. She […]

Racist Flaggers Sentenced

You might recall these stories [here and here] from 2015 when a group of flaggers in pickup trucks went riding through a black neighborhood in Douglasville, Georgia, shouting racial epithets and threatening to kill African-Americans at a boy’s birthday party. Fifteen were originally indicted for gang terrorism. That was apparently reduced to four, with the […]