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Passion for history is good, but…

While I haven’t taken my foundations in rhetoric course yet (it’s on the horizon… Fall 2017), I think I’ve got a good handle on how the three modes of persuasion in rhetoric play out in the writings of some people (and I’m especially interested in how some contemporary historians use rhetoric… letting their passions get […]

Jane Crothers, Witness to a Massacre

In early 1770, Jane Crothers lived near the head of Royal Exchange Lane, thus near the Boston Customs House. On the night of 5 March she heard noise outside. She went out to ask the army sentry guarding that building, Pvt. Hugh White,...Show More Summary

A Last Look at the Henry Heth Wounding Stump

Confederate Major General Henry Heth was wounded at this spot on July 1, 1863, as[...] The post A Last Look at the Henry Heth Wounding Stump appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 03/01

Don H. Doyle ed., American Civil Wars: The United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Paul Finkelman and Donald R. […]

My Ten Minutes in an Amazon Bookstore

This morning I stopped by a brand new Amazon brick and mortar bookstore just up the road in Dedham. I walked out after roughly ten minutes with nothing. I love […]

This Year’s Saturday Night Massacre

This Saturday, 4 March, the Bostonian Society will host a full day of events in honor of the 247th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Here are the scheduled events, the first three inside the Old State House and included with admission to the museum.10:30 A.M. Show More Summary

After Trumbull—Not After Copley After All

Back in January, I saw this painting on Twitter, identified as a portrait of Gen. George Washington by John Singleton Copley.I replied that Copley never painted Washington.The person who posted the image reported that the Art U.K. site...Show More Summary

The Flag of White Supremacists Since 1861

Let’s be clear about something, Jose “Joe” Torres and Kayla Norton are not being sent to jail for waving Confederate battle flags in the face of an African-American family celebrating […]

Thomas on Louisa Catherine Adams in Quincy, 8 March

I’m breaking from the wall-to-wall Boston Massacre coverage for an extra posting about an event coming up in Quincy.On Wednesday, 8 March, the Adams National Historical Park will host Louisa Thomas, author of Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Show More Summary

“Their Actions Were Motivated by Racial Hatred”

It was no accident that just a couple of weeks after the horrific murders committed by Dylann Roof in Charleston, a group of young whites drove up to the house […]

Dunbar on Ona Judge in Portsmouth, 5 March

On Sunday, 5 March, Erica Armstrong Dunbar will speak in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about her new book Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.I wrote about the first President using resources of the federal government to chase Judge (also called Oney Judge) here. Show More Summary

A Symposium on Confederate Monuments

You can now view the five talks and panel discussion from yesterday’s annual symposium, “Lightning Rods of Controversy: Civil War Monuments Past, Present, and Future,” sponsored by the American Civil […]

Winiarski on the New Lights in Boston, 1 March

On Wednesday, 1 March, the New England Historic Genealogical Society will host a talk by Prof. Douglas L. Winiarski of the University of Richmond based on his new book, Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England. Show More Summary

In Our Time, If You’ve Got the Time

I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite podcasts is the B.B.C. Radio 4 discussion show In Our Time. In each episode, novelist and television host Melvyn Bragg discusses a particular topic with three experts drawn from Britain’s universities. Show More Summary

Vincent Carretta on John Peters

One of the many notable achievements of Vincent Carretta’s Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage is its picture of the man Wheatley married, John Peters. As Carretta writes in a recent blog post at the Oxford UniversityShow More Summary

Appointment to the NCHE’s Board of Directors

At the end of next month I will travel to Atlanta to take part in the annual meeting of the National Council for History Education. This is my first NCHE […]

“Retreat and Resistance” in Salem, 26 Feb.

On Sunday, 26 February, Salem will have a “fun and informal reenactment” of the confrontation between Patriots and redcoats across the town’s North River on that date in 1775. Lt. Col. Alexander Leslie had orders to lead his men from the 64th Regiment of Foot across the river and search Robert Foster’s smithy. Show More Summary

Oops: Borough Built Fitness Trail on NPS Land

This birdhouse, located along the Biser Fitness Trail in the Gettysburg Recreation Park, is on[...] The post Oops: Borough Built Fitness Trail on NPS Land appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

The Chevalier and the Chavelière

Yesterday I described the busy, accomplished life of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a champion swordsman and celebrated musician in pre-Revolutionary France.In the late 1780s he spent a couple of years in London. And there he encountered an old acquaintance, the Chevalier d’Eon. Show More Summary

Did the Civil War Sesquicentennial Ever End?

I am getting ahead of myself, but over the past few days I’ve been thinking about writing a short book on the Civil War sesquicentennial once I finish my book […]

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