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2022 Lincoln Forum – Lincoln and African Americans

Professor Jonathan White delivered this excellent presentation at the 2022 Lincoln Forum. The video’s description reads, “Author Jonathan White discussed how President Lincoln’s unprecedented welcoming of African Americans to the White House transformed the trajectory of race relations in the United States. The Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, hosted this event.”

Finding Finns: Revealing the Untold Story of Finnish Mariners in the American Civil War

Originally posted on The Civil War Bluejackets Project:
With the help of our Citizen Scientists, Civil War Bluejackets is setting out to reveal new insights into the life of the common U.S. sailor during the American Civil War. The project blog has already examined the experiences of some African American, Irish, British and native-born white…

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin this week’s look at the nationwide retreat of confederate heritage at Stone Mountain in Georgia and this article. “A creator has been chosen for the ‘truth-telling’ museum exhibit planned at Stone Mountain Park. Warner Museums, a firm whose credits include several Civil Rights-related exhibits and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, […]


I found this article by Professor David Silkenat, adapted from his excellent book, Raising the White Flag. “One in every four Civil War soldiers, more than 673,000 men, surrendered at some point during the conflict. To put such numbers in context, the number of soldiers who surrendered is approximately equal to the number of soldiers […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin with this story reporting on a survey regarding confederate monuments. “A majority of Americans said Confederate memorials should be changed in public spaces, while nearly two out of three say white supremacy is still a major problem in the U.S. The non-profit Public Religion Research Institute recently released a poll and report about racism […]

Read Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in its entirety

Here is a transcript of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’ “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the Lincoln Memorial on 28 Aug 1963. [begin quote] Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope […]

Meade of Gettysburg

This book by Freeman Cleaves is the classic study of the life of Major General George Gordon Meade. The University of Oklahoma published this book in 1960. Born to Richard Worsam and Margarita Coates Butler Meade on December 31, 1815 in Cádiz, Spain, where his father was an exporter and merchant, George Gordon Meade was […]

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, where we remember those who gave their lives in the military services of the United States of America. As the US Law establishing the National Moment of Remembrance [3:00 PM on Memorial Day] tells us, “it is essential to remember and renew the legacy of Memorial Day, which was established in […]

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. […]