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Avoiding Misinformation in the Digital Age

With the proliferation of dubious websites we need to be able to evaluate where we’re getting our information to avoid misinformation. Let’s start with this essay by former Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling. “The past several years have seen a massive, sometimes malicious, assault on our sense of shared reality. The combination of social media […]

Remembering Slavery

This book edited by Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, and Steve F. Miller is a companion to a Smithsonian Productions radio documentary and gives us the words of former enslaved people talking about their experiences in slavery. They tell us, “The struggle over slavery’s memory has been almost as intense as the struggle over slavery itself. […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin this week’s update on the continued retreat of confederate heritage across the nation with this article telling us, “The Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to remove statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from public parks, starting the clock ticking on the demise of monuments at the heart […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

Confederate heritage continued its nationwide retreat this week, albeit at a slower pace than previously. We start with this article from Amarillo, Texas. It tells us, “The statue of the Confederate Soldier was at Ellwood Park for about 90 years until today. Some Amarillo groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Daughters of the […]

Illinois Civil War Soldiers’ Letters

Here’s Mark Flotow discussing letters from Illinois Civil War soldiers to their families and friends at home. The video’s description reads, “Mark Flotow’s book, In Their Letters, in Their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home, features the writings of 165 troops from Abraham Lincoln’s home state and covers the war from the earliest enlistees through final […]

Confederate Heritage Check-in

It’s a good time to check on how things are going on the confederate heritage front. This article tells us Biloxi is removing Jefferson Davis’s name from one of its schools. “A Mississippi district is removing Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ name from an elementary school and has chosen a new name that highlights geography rather […]

A Confederate Heritage Update

In our first article, from McKinney, Texas, we learn, “Another step will be taken towards determining the long-term fate of a statue of James Throckmorton, which currently sits on McKinney’s downtown square. On Tuesday night, the Ad Hoc Advisory Board tasked with gathering information and public input about the statue will present its research and […]

Capitol Men

This book by Philip Dray is a very good read. As the subtitle tells us, it’s a book about Reconstruction, though it also gives us information on the first African Americans elected to the US Congress, though it’s not really through the lives of these men. The cover features a replica of the Currier & […]

Civil War Origins of Frontier Outlaws

Here’s Karissa Marken of the American Civil War Museum giving a presentation on guerrilla warfare in the Civil War and how guerrillas became desperadoes after the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “American Civil War Museum intepretation specialist Karissa Marken talked about Civil War guerilla fighters who later became outlaws in the West including Jesse James, his brother Frank, […]

Female Slaves and the Law

Here’s Professor Martha Jones of the University of Michigan giving a lecture on female slaves and the law, beginning with the story of Celia, an enslaved woman who killed her “owner,” who was sexually abusing her. The video’s description reads, “Professor Martha Jones talked about the mid-19th century court case of Celia, a female slave who […]