Category Women

The Mythology of the Lost Cause

Here is an outstanding presentation on the lost cause lie by Professor Caroline Janney. The Q&A period is also great. The video’s description reads, “How did the Confederate myth of the Lost Cause develop? Why was it important for ex-Confederates to establish their ‘history’ of the war? And why has this version of the past […]

Civil War Writing

This book edited by Professor Gary Gallagher and Professor Stephen Cushman is a collection of essays considering famous books and writings about the Civil War. They begin their Introduction with a quote from Abraham Lincoln’s February 11, 1859 speech in Jacksonville, Illinois, titled “Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions.” Lincoln said, “Writing–the art of communication thoughts […]

A Black Woman’s Civil War Memoirs

This short book is the memoirs of Susie King Taylor. You can download and read it for free here or here. Born Susie Baker to an enslaved woman on Isle of Wight, one of the sea islands off the coast of Georgia, she writes, “I was born under the slave law in Georgia, in 1848, […]

Sweet Taste of Liberty

This is an excellent discussion with Professor Caleb McDaniel on his book, Sweet Taste of Liberty. He discusses the book with Professor Stephanie McCurry and Jordan Brewington. The video’s description reads, “Pulitzer Prize-winning author Caleb McDaniel told the story of Henrietta Wood, an enslaved woman who survived slavery twice and successfully sued her former owner for damages […]

Socialite, Secessionist, Spy

Here’s Kelly Hancock of the American Civil War Museum giving a pretty good presentation on Rose O’Neal Greenhow. The video’s description reads, “Kelly Hancock talked about Washington, D.C. socialite and Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow. According to the author, before the Battle of Manassas, Ms. Greenhow used her connections to gain and pass on information about […]

Until Justice Be Done and At the Threshold of Liberty

This is Professor Kate Masur and Professor Tamika Nunley respectively discussing their books, Until Justice Be Done and At the Threshold of Liberty. This is a good discussion. The video’s description reads, “Northwestern University Professor Kate Masur, author of Until Justice Be Done, and Cornell University Associate Professor Tamika Nunley, author of At the Threshold of Liberty, talked […]

Set to Mark ‘Union Spy,’ Virginia Combats Self-Made Myths

This story tells us about Mary Bowser and her work with Elizabeth Van Lew during the Civil War to provide intelligence to United States forces. The story tells us, “Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration recently announced the state would add five new highway markers. Selected from student submitted suggestions, the new markers will tell the story […]

Black Families in Civil War Philadelphia

Here’s Professor Holly Pinheiro of Augusta University giving a pretty good presentation on African American Civil War soldiers and their families in Philadelphia, PA. The video’s description reads, “Augusta University Professor Holly Pinheiro talked about Black Civil War soldiers and their families in Philadelphia. He also spoke about his research in newspaper and pension records […]

Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln

This presentation by Professor Michael Burlingame delves into the marriage of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. I have to say he loses credibility by referring to her as “Mary Todd Lincoln,” since that is a name she never used. Additionally, he has a very negative view of Mary that I think is unfair. The video’s description […]

Civil War-Era Washington

This is a discussion of African American women in Civil War-era Washington, DC and the Underground Railroad in the District with Professor Tamika Nunley and Carroll Gibbs, and independent historian. The video’s description reads, “The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford’s Theatre Society hosted a panel discussion on Washington, D.C., during the Civil War era. Tamika Nunley talked about the […]