Finally, a Decent Textbook

The toughest challenge as a high school teacher is finding an appropriate textbook for the survey course in American history. I teach both the survey course and Advanced Placement courses. Most textbooks are dull and seem to be written by people who have absolutely no concern in attracting people to the study of history. The…

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The Fall of Richmond

It wasn’t too long ago that the statue of Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad placed in Richmond at the Tredegar Museum caused such a rucous. The argument from the Sons of Confederate Veterans suggested that the placement of the statue should be seen as a slap in the face to Southerners. This raises the…

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A Response to Dimitri Rotov – Part 1

As I stated in my opening message, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed browsing on a daily basis the blog maintained by Dimitri Rotov. He represents the kind of reader that I easily relate to. We are Civil War enthusiasts who demand intelligent history that continually challenges our central assumptions surrounding the war. Anyone familiar with Dimitri’s site…

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Race and Reunion

I just finished a fascinating discussion with my Civil War class on an article written by David Blight and published in North and South Magazine. The article is an overview of his book Race and Reunion published a few years ago, which examines the disappearance of African Americans from the national narrative of the Civil…

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Welcome

Thanks for stopping by. I have been quite impressed with the Civil War blogs hosted by Dimitri Rotov and Eric Wittenberg. I hope this site will compliment and/or add to the growing e-dialogue on the Civil War. While I am not a professional historian (in other words, I do not hold a Ph.D), I have…

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