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Should There Be Reparations for Oppression of African Americans?

Note the title doesn’t limit the subject to slavery alone, although slavery is the root from which the rest sprang. In a landmark 2014 article in Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates explained why he changed his mind from not supporting reparations to supporting reparations. He starts by talking about the Jim Crow era. “In the 1920s, Jim Crow […]

Ballad of the 20th Maine

Gentle readers, I introduce you to the awesome new State Ballad of the State of Maine: My name is Andrew Tozier, I’m a child of Litchfield Maine And I left my only family for sea, the salt, and rain And when Lincoln called the banners in 1861 Well I joined the Union Army for the […]

RIP Tony Horwitz

It saddens me to report the Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz, who was the author of a terrific book about the Civil War’s continuing impact on modern times, Confederates in the Attic, the author of a book on John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War, […]

The American Civil War Museum

The American Civil War Museum opened its new Tredegar facility to great fanfare. The New York Times covered it with this story. Writer Jamelle Bouie tells us, ” ‘This is a period of history that’s been so distorted for a variety of reasons,’ the museum’s chief executive, Christy Coleman, told me, ‘where memory has taken over […]

Last Slave Ship Found

I came across this article [and this article also] about the Clotilda, the last slave ship known to deliver Africans captured as slaves and brought to the United States. It tells us, “The wreck of the schooner Clotilda, believed to be the last known ship to bring enslaved people to the US from Africa, has […]

Yet Another Group of Racist Confederate Flag Lovers in History

I came across this article from historian Rebecca Onion on the Citizens’ Councils in Southern States formed as a reaction to the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. She tells us, “In 2002, Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library Special Collections bought 418 open-reel magnetic audio tapes. They contained episodes of the Citizens’ Council Radio […]

Dr. Allen Guelzo: “The Constitution Was Never Pro-Slavery”

I came across this article by Dr. Allen C. Guelzo of Gettysburg College in National Review responding to a number of scholars who made the claim the Constitution was a pro-slavery document prior to Reconstruction. He uses Professor Paul Finkelman as a prime example. “Paul Finkelman, president of Gratz College in Philadelphia, argues that the Constitution […]