Category Videos

Drinking in the Antebellum Congress

Here’s Professor Thomas Balcerski of Eastern Connecticut State University discussing drinking in the Antebellum Congress and temperance societies in the Antebellum United States. The video’s description reads, “Professor Thomas Balcerski talked about the prevalence of drinking in both the political and social life of congressional representatives before the Civil War. This interview was recorded at the annual […]

Searching for Black Confederates

Here’s Kevin Levin talking about how dependent the confederate army was on enslaved labor and how enslaved men were used by the confederates in supporting roles but were not soldiers. The video’s description reads, “For decades, there have been claims that enslaved African Americans fought willingly on the side of the Confederates during the Civil War. […]

The Union’s Moral Motivations in the War

Here’s Professor Elizabeth Varon of the University of Virginia giving an excellent presentation to the 2019 Lincoln Forum on how the Union soldiers in the Civil War saw themselves as delivering both the nation as a whole and, interestingly, the confederates from the evils of disunion and the confederacy. The video’s description reads, “Author Elizabeth […]

Power in Antebellum Slave Societies

Here’s Professor Christopher Bonner of the University of Maryland giving a pretty good lecture on power in Antebellum slavery. The video’s description reads, “University of Maryland professor Christopher Bonner taught a class about the concept of ‘power’ in antebellum slave societies. He explored the different ways owners and enslaved people exerted or expressed their will and looks […]

Heirs of an Honored Name

Here’s Professor Douglas Egerton speaking at the Boston Athenaeum about the Adams family, including Charles Francis Adams, the US Minister to England during the Civil War. He gets into a number of Civil War events during his talk. The video’s description reads, “Douglas Egerton, history professor at LeMoyne College, chronicled the political ascendancy of John […]

The Soldier Experience

Here’s Professor Peter Carmichael giving a wonderful presentation to the 2019 Lincoln Forum on the common soldier experience of the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Author Peter Carmichael used letters written by Union and Confederate soldiers to examine their battle experience, mental state, and political outlook. He argued that the daily life of a Civil War […]

What Caused the Civil War?

Here, Professors Gary Gallagher and Joan Waugh discuss what caused the Civil War at the 2019 Lincoln Forum. The video’s description reads, “Historians Joan Waugh and Gary Gallagher answered – what caused the Civil War? Ms. Waugh and Mr. Gallagher co-authored, The American War: A History of the Civil War Era. Their remarks were part of the annual Lincoln Forum symposium in […]