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Blog Post Archive

Civil War Museum Under Fire For Displaying Items From the Civil War

You heard that right. The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is taking heat from the mayor and others for a new exhibit on firearms sponsored by the National Rifle Association. While the source of the funding has come under scrutiny, the larger concern is the display of weapons, […]

Colonial Williamsburg Punts on Super Bowl Ad

After intense criticism Colonial Williamsburg has removed its Super Bowl ad from its website as well as its social media pages.  [You can still see it here.] A number of criticisms were leveled including its cost, but the one that has been voiced the most concerns the use of footage […]

“Buy Confederate Flags From a Black Guy”

I posted this on the Civil War Memory Facebook page a few months ago, but it just came across my feed again so I thought I would share it here. It’s quite clever. Enjoy. And yes, there really is a website. [Uploaded to YouTube on August 31, 2015.]

Confederate Heritage Groups Reveal True Meaning of Their Flag

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating that Confederate heritage groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans are their own worst enemies when it comes to promoting their preferred interpretation of the battle flag. News that three such organizations intend to erect a 50-foot flagpole off of I-85 and […]

A Reconstruction Reading List

Ask for a book recommendation on Reconstruction and you are likely to get Eric Foner’s masterful synthesis, Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. It’s still a great place to start, but there has been a good deal published about the period over the past few years and much of it takes […]

Atlanta History Center Lends an Interpretive Hand

I am sure there are other examples, but the Atlanta History Center is the first organization that I am aware of that is addressing the ongoing discussion about Confederate iconography. It is doing so by providing communities with the tools to better understand the history of their Civil War monuments. […]

Crater Book Now Available From Audible

I am pleased to announce that Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder is now available from audible. Jack de Golia did a solid job reading the book, which runs just under six hours in length. The audio version is half the price of the hardcover and even […]

How You Can Become a Civil War Historian

In this short video the Civil War Trust’s Garry Adelman shares his thoughts about ‘becoming a Civil War historian.’ Garry hinted to me last year that he was thinking about working on just such a video. Unfortunately, Garry gets too bogged down in drawing a distinction between the public and […]

Does James Longstreet Deserve a Monument?

This past Wednesday Charles Lane authored an opinion piece for The Washington Post that called for a monument to be erected in New Orleans to Confederate General James Longstreet. The essay has now been re-printed in newspapers across the country. Lane believes that Longstreet’s postwar alignment with the Republican Party […]

Study Reconstruction in Washington, D.C. This Summer

For those of you who are history teachers looking for professional development opportunities this summer, I encourage you to check out what Ford’s Theatre is offering on the Reconstruction Era. This is still one of the most misunderstood periods in American history and yet an argument could be made that […]

Confederate Monuments and the Limits of Public History

If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend heading over to the Civil Discourse blog and reading Ashley Whitehead Luskey’s excellent essay on the ongoing controversy surrounding Confederate iconography. It is the most thorough essay that I have read to date and has helped me to continue to clarify […]

Hillary Clinton on Lincoln, the Civil War and Reconstruction

Last night at the Democratic Town Hall Meeting in Iowa Hillary Clinton offered up a reminder of why a solid grasp of Reconstruction is essential to our understanding of American history. While the 150th anniversary of the Civil War received a great deal of attention from historic sites, museums and […]

Mercy Street/Episode 2, “The Haversack”

Last night episode 2 of Mercy Street aired. The main characters continue to be developed and you probably now have a better sense of the main themes that are now coming into clearer view as well as the trajectory of the overall narrative. What do you think so far? What […]

Mercy Street: A Reading List

Thought I would put together a short reading list for those of you watching Mercy Street. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Rather, it offers a few suggestions to help get you started. Feel free to add further suggestions in the comments section below. George Kundahl’s Alexandria […]

How “Finding Your Roots” Manipulates the Past

Last night I caught part of Season 3 of Finding Your Roots, which included an episode about Keenen Ivory Wayans. The recent controversy involving Henry Louis Gates and Ben Affleck left me wondering if any substantial changes would be made to the show. It didn’t take long to answer. FYR is pretty good at “finding” […]

Arrived at “Mercy Street”

Last night PBS aired the first episode of its Civil War drama, Mercy Street. As some of you know I had a chance to preview the first season (6 episodes). My review will soon be available at The Daily Beast, but I should warn you that it covers the entire season. You can also read […]

Teaching Research at the AAS

My good friend, Megan Kate Nelson, asked me to respond to a couple of questions about my recent experience teaching the American Studies Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society for the SCWH’s new blog. My responses are relatively brief, so let me know if there is some aspect of the course that you would like […]

Free State of Jones: Official Trailer

It’s here. The first trailer for “Free State of Jones” starring Matthew McConaughey is now available and it looks incredible. The movie is based on Victoria Bynum’s excellent book, The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, which will soon be re-published by the University of North Carolina Press. I will be […]

Confederate Monuments in an International Context

My trip to Prague this past summer forced me for the first time to consider the ongoing debate about the place of Confederate monuments in public spaces within an international context. We would do well to remember that other nations have faced and/or are currently dealing with  divisive questions surrounding memorial/commemorative landscapes. Many of these […]

Clement Vallandingham’s “Stupid Death”

This installment of “Horrible Histories” focuses on the death of Clement Vallandingham and the battle of the Crater. [Uploaded to YouTube on January 15, 2015]

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