Category News Stories

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 […]

W.Va.’s Tortuous Road to Emancipation

West Virginia was not allowed to join the Union until it had enacted an emancipation program for the enslaved people within its borders. This article from 2015 by John F. Stealey III, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus of Shepherd University, traces how West Virginia got to that emancipation program. In reading the article, we learn, “When the […]

The Distinction Between Slavery and Race in US History

This article by historian Patrick Rael identifies a crucial distinction we need to understand in studying American history. While related in the Antebellum United States, race and slavery are different. As Dr. Rael explains, in the Antebellum sectional disputes, the basic divide was over slavery, whether lands should be free or slave. However, with regard […]

Columbia University and Slavery

Thanks to my blogging colleague Pat Young, I’ve come across this article. It tells us about a report prepared by Professor Eric Foner on Columbia University’s connection to the institution of slavery. “The report, to be released by the university on Tuesday as part of a new website, offers no dramatic revelations akin to that […]