Marcus Tullius Cicero gets Cato the Younger about right: nam Catonem nostrum non tu amas plus quam ego; sed tamen ille optimo animo utens et summa fide nocet interdum rei publicae; dicit enim tamquam in Platonis ????????, non tamquam...Show More Summary
The following two video interviews with Frank Tyson are part of an oral history project at the website, Race and Class in DuBois’ Seventh Ward. The first one focuses on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. The next video focuses on Birth of a Nation. The rest of the video interviews from the project can be […]
The war of 1914-1918 has been known by two main names after it ended: the Great War, and World War I. This is what it looks like as the name changed, abruptly in 1939-41: A small thing, but interesting.
All you ever wanted to know about President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is now in one easy to access place. The Civil War Trust has just unveiled its Web site about the Address, less than a week before the 150th anniversary of the actual event on Nov. 19, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pa. Read full article >>
The first issue of the new Action Presidents! comic debuts today on ComiXology, and it naturally tackles the towering figure of the first President, George Washington. This comic book comes from Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, the team behind Action Philosophers! and (a series I like even more) The Comic Book History of Comics. Show More Summary
Earlier today I was contacted by a student in Italy, who is currently writing on the subject of Confederate symbols in popular culture. The student inquired into a few areas and I thought he might benefit from hearing from the rest of you until I have a chance to respond. My name is — — […]
Pardon me for being so quiet lately, but things have been a bit… busy. It doesn’t mean I stop thinking about the history… or the practice of the same. Take… “historical memory”. I’ve wondered if the practice among historians is as great as what it was a few years back. More important, I wonder if […]
… ingenious chapter of fiction that any brain ever conceived, or hands traced. So wrote Philip Pendleton Cooke (you remember… John Esten Cooke’s older brother), in August 1846, when sharing his thoughts with Edgar Allan Poe regarding Poe’s The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar The quote seems amazing to me… to think, not just that […]
(Guest post! David Fitzpatrick is back, with more words of wisdom) I am a military historian by training though my graduate coursework at the University of Michigan included a heavy dose of American history. Because I teach at a community college, however, my teaching load is heavy on the “bread and butter” U.S. Show More Summary
I’ve been reviewing the Boston 1775 postings related to the caucus, starting with this one from 2008. That quoted John Adams’s 1763 description of what he’d heard about the “Caucas Clubb” that met in Thomas Dawes’s attic. His list of...Show More Summary
… and you can too. What a wonderful idea. Ken Burns organized this project in conjunction with his upcoming film on the Gettysburg Address. This could be a wonderful classroom project for any number of grade levels.
As the clocks tolled to mark the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns fell silent. The Great War–the War to End All Wars, as it was known–had ended. The butcher’s bill had come due. 16 million were dead and another 20 million wounded. Show More Summary
Old men and women in corners, With tears falling fast on their cheeks Robert Graves, “Armistice Day, 1918?
Both Andy Hall and Brooks Simpson have highlighted another instance of Confederate Heritage gone wild. It’s nothing new, whether we are discussing the latest Virginia Flagger fiasco or SCV misstep. I’ve been accused of highlighting heritage follies for the sake of blog stats and there is some truth to that. At the same time, however, […]
On Monday, 18 November, the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester will host a lecture by Sean Moore titled “The Redwood Receipt Books and Newport Slavers: A Bio-Bibliographical Inquiry into the Borrowing Records of Early America's...Show More Summary
The last chapter of the modern day struggle over possession of a piece of the Wilderness Battlefield land appears to have been written. Nearly five years ago the preservation community was galvanized by news that super-retailer Wal-Mart...Show More Summary
Unskewed Things Michael Kinsley remarks on in his review of Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann: Big words; excrement; umbrage politics; jargon; campaign journalists; trivial reporting; professional consultants; vomit; gaffes; horse-race reporting. Show More Summary
From the memoir of Boyrereau Brinch, an African-American dragoon in the Continental Army:From thence we marched to West Point, and took up winter quarters. While we remained here the soldiers played many boyish pranks. One Samuel Shaw,...Show More Summary
A long-standing dispute in Jacksonville, Florida has ended with the local school board’s unanimous decision to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. As in other decisions about how to collectively remember the past, these decisions ought to be left to local communities. The usual voices will cry foul and describe it as […]
Yesterday I quoted Samuel A. Drake’s 1873 description of the “Long Room Club” of pre-Revolutionary Boston and asked what was missing. My answer is that Drake didn’t mention any source(s) for his information. He stated that a hundredShow More Summary