Category Secession

Secession on Trial

This book by Professor Cynthia Nicoletti is an outstanding addition to the scholarship surrounding Jefferson Davis’s indictment and the machinations around his treason trial. Neoconfederates and Davis partisans from the late 19th century have sown so much disinformation about these events Professor Nicoletti’s careful analysis of the evidence does much to dispel the myth that […]

Virginia at War 1861

This book book of essays edited by Professor James I. Robertson and William C. “Jack” Davis is a wonderful contribution to scholarship about the Civil War and about the Civil War in Virginia. The first essay, By Dr. Bud, is “The Virginia State Convention of 1861.” He writes of the results of the election of […]

History Happy Hour- Virginia’s Secession Crisis

Here’s Mark Greenough, the Virginia State Capitol Historian, discussing Virginia during the Secession Crisis. His prepared presentation is fine, but he goes off the rails during the Q&A. Virginia did not reserve a right to secede, and New England did not attempt or even threaten to secede. The video’s description reads, “After Lincoln’s election, Virginians […]

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 […]

The 1526 Project: Horrors in Florida’s Black History You Didn’t Learn in School

I found this article today. It outlines some of the oppression African Americans faced in Florida from its earliest history. We learn, “The New York Times‘ groundbreaking ‘1619 Project‘ examined the legacy of slavery on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to America’s 13 original colonies. But slavery existed in the Spanish colony of […]

Alexander Hamilton

This book by Ron Chernow is the basis for the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, Hamilton. So now you’re thinking, “Hey, isn’t this supposed to be about the Civil War?” Sure, and there’s a connection. In one of the few times he was right on the Ken Burns series, the novelist Shelby Foote said the Civil War […]

We Have the War Upon Us

This book by Professor William J. Cooper gives his interpretation of the beginning of the Civil War. In his Preface, he tells us, “Slavery and the political issues surrounding it occupy a central place in my account. Yes, the war ended slavery, and to most Americans of today it was fought for that cause. The […]

The U.S. Constitution and Secession

This book from Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley, the former Chief Historian of the National Park Service, contains primary sources regarding the secession crisis of 1860-1861. The documents include speeches in Congress, Declarations of Causes for Secession, reports of the US House of Representatives Committee of Thirty-three, the various proposals to amend the Constitution in order to […]


This article by Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, came into my feed. I have a problem with “Revisionist” in the title, as all history is revisionist, but since he’s a sociologist and not a historian, and perhaps the editor came up with the title. we can […]

Virginia’s Civil War

This is a book of essays edited by Peter Wallenstein of Virginia Tech and Bertram Wyatt-Brown of the University of Florida. Published in 2005, it features some writings by established historians as well as what were then very young historians who are now established themselves. The book is divided into three parts: A section on […]