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The Brown Family Memories of Crispus Attucks

As I quoted yesterday, in 1857 the descendants of William Brown of Framingham published a claim that he had been the owner of Crispus Attucks, victim of the Boston Massacre.They made that statement in a small book published to celebrate...Show More Summary

Civil War Memorial Day ceremonies planned in Washington and Petersburg, Va.

President Lincoln’s Cottage at the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen Home  in Washington, D.C., and Pamplin Historical Park  in Petersburg, Va., are each hosting Memorial Day ceremonies May 25.At the Lincoln Cottage, Memorial Day will...Show More Summary

The Crispus Attucks Teapot

Among the artifacts in the “We Are One” exhibit at the Boston Public Library is a teapot linked to Crispus Attucks, now owned by Historic New England. (And shown here thanks to a Harvard course on material culture.)I read about this teapot years ago, but I’d never seen it before. Show More Summary

“We Are One” Exhibits Opens in Boston

Earlier this year I recommended the “God Save the People” exhibit at the Massachusetts Historical Society. This month the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, just a few blocks away on Boyltston Street, opened a new exhibit called “We Are One.” It’s also very good. Show More Summary

Dedication of the African Burying Ground Memorial Park in Portsmouth

I was planning to post about something else today, but discussions at last night’s seminar at the Massachusetts Historical Society reminded me of an important commemoration taking place this week in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. From today...Show More Summary

On the Absence of Black Soldiers in the Grand Review

The sesquicentennial anniversary of the Grand Review in Washington, D.C. has given new life to an old myth about the lack of United States Colored…

New Word on The Revolution’s Last Men from Don Hagist, 27 May

On Wednesday, 27 May, the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston will host a book talk by Don N. Hagist, author of The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs. The story of this book starts with another...Show More Summary

Silent Sam in History and Memory

The University of North Carolina’s Confederate soldier monument, “Silent Sam,” continues to be a point of contention on campus. Over the past few years students…

Ropes Mansion Reopening in Salem, 23 May

On Saturday, 23 May, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem will reopen its historic Ropes Mansion to the public. The museum says the site “reimagines what a historic house experience can be,…in which present-day and personal life experiences...Show More Summary

Who Will Stand Up For Confederate Heritage in Union Springs?

Last week in Union Springs, Alabama former State Senator and County Commissioner Myron Penn brought his family to a local Confederate cemetery and removed small…

How Hutchinson Learned Latin and French

This is Thomas Hutchinson writing in the third person about himself as a young man:When he left College [1727] he went into his father's counting house, and became a Merchant Apprentice, from 17 years to 21. He saw how much he had neglected...Show More Summary

New To the Civil War Memory Library, 05/17

Update: As of today I have 8 copies of my Crater book available at the heavily discounted price of $25 (includes shipping). Click here for…

“Ellis’s strategy of building his narrative around four exemplary men”

Back in July 2013 I discussed historian Joseph J. Ellis’s focus on, in his words, “the most prominent members of the political leadership during this formative phase” of the nation, as opposed to the larger mass of less wealthy, privileged,...Show More Summary

When a Reader Contacts My School

This morning I was informed that a reader of this blog had written a letter addressed to the headmaster of of my school. The reader…

Studying American Slavery at Brown and Columbia

On Thursday, 21 May, the the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University will open a new exhibit titled “A Peculiar Aesthetic: Representation and Images of Slavery.”The event announcement says:Racial slavery remains one of the most vexed issues in American and New World history. Show More Summary

Plagiarism Discovered in Two Disunion Articles by the Same Author

My students are in the middle of their research projects and tomorrow I am going to talk with them about plagiarism and have them look…

Old North Lecture and Puppet Show, 20 May

On Wednesday, 20 May, the Old North Church is offering an unusual combination of programs. At 6:30 P.M., Robert J. Allison will speak on the topic “How Did Old North Become Old North?” When Christ Church was built in Boston’s North End in 1723, there already was an “Old North,” the venerable Puritan Meeting House over which the Mathers presided. Show More Summary

A Rush to Judgement

I’ve had some time to reflect on the story out of East Chapel Hill High School and I want to say what I hope will…

George Washington Makes Himself Clear

I’ve been tracing the relationship of George Washington and George Muse, an older Virginia planter who had served (badly) at Fort Necessity but then became a partner in real-estate speculation.In late 1773 Muse wrote a letter about their business dealings which Washington didn’t like. Show More Summary

Crater Books For Sale Direct From Author

With the arrival of summer comes the opportunity to catch up on some history reading. With that in mind I would like to offer readers…

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