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Finding Meaning in the Flag: Ex-Slaves and Newsies

This is from the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College’s blog, “The Gettysburg Compiler.” It’s an article by an undergraduate student, Olivia Ortman, detailing results of her research on how African-Americans in the Civil War era viewed the confederate flag.   Finding Meaning in the Flag: Ex-Slaves and Newsies By Olivia Ortman ‘19 This post […]

“Weaponizing” History to Make Political Arguments is Lazy Historical Thinking

Originally posted on Exploring the Past:
The Ku Klux Klan in 1928. Photo Credit: National Archives & Records Administration Over the past few days a good number of historians have been sharing an article from the Washington Post that ostensibly confirms what many of us in the field already know: history is relevant, important, and…

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate. For your enjoyment:

Mike Pence at Gettysburg

Originally posted on Crossroads:
I found this video of Indiana governor Mike Pence’s visit to Gettysburg earlier this month to be an interesting overview of what Indiana regiments did at the battle … and John Hoptak did the NPS proud, as could be expected.

Happy Birthday to the National Park Service

The National Park Service is 100 years old. I encourage everyone to celebrate by visiting a national park. While you’re there, thank a ranger for all they do.

Civil War Alabama

Here’s a pretty good interview on Civil War Talk Radio with Christopher Lyle McIlwain  on his book about the Civil War in Alabama. This is actually the first of two planned volumes. Host Gerry Prokopowicz and Mr. McIlwain do a great job in this discussion. This is a sorely needed update of a study of the […]

Telling The Story Of A Confederate Deserter In ‘Free State Of Jones’

Here’s a discussion with Gary Ross, the director of the movie, Free State of Jones. It’s from NPR’s show, “All Things Considered.” You can see the interview and the transcript here.