Making Lincoln Great Again

This is from a recent interview that Donald Trump gave to The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward. I think it is safe to say that Woodward knew not to follow up on Trump’s response. Like just about everything else that comes out of his mouth, this is both horrifying and hilarious.

Trump, LincolnThe historian David Donald wrote an essay in 1956, titled, “Getting Right With Lincoln” in which he surveyed the ways politicians attempted to embrace Lincoln as their own. I am not quite sure how you would classify Trump’s identification with our 16th president.


Atlanta Black Star Falls For Black Confederate Myth

Recently I shared a story out of Chattanooga, TN about the uncovering of what was determined by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to be the tombstone of a black Confederate soldier. As is the case with other stories, within a day the article was picked up by a local news station that basically repeated the claims made by the SCV without any further investigation.

Yesterday I came across the story of Shaderick Searcy at the Atlanta Black Star. The story pretty much repeats previous findings with a few little additions. I have to admit there is something incredibly disappointing about finding this story on a website that caters to an African-American audience. [click to continue…]


Redefining Confederate History Month in Mississippi

Last month I reported on efforts to add an interpretive plaque to the Confederate soldier statue on the campus of the University of Mississippi. At the time I expressed some concerns as did others.

It was unfortunate that the school’s history department was not consulted, but today they released a statement that includes their own revisions to the interpretive plaque. It is appropriate that such a statement is released during the state’s official recognition of Confederate History Month.

Mississippi Interpretive PlaqueClick here for additional information on the Atlanta History Center’s interpretive template.


Another Take on “Lee’s Lost Order”

History recently launched a new comedy series called, “Crossroads of History.” This particular episode explores Lee’s famous Lost Order and stars Ben Feldman, who you may remember from Mad Men. It contains a few funny moments.

[Uploaded to Vimeo on April 2, 2015]

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“The Road From Appomattox” Symposium

Martin MillmoreAll five presentations from this year’s Civil War symposium held recently at the Library of Virginia are now available for viewing via C-SPAN. The event was titled, “The Road from Appomattox: Political Violence, Military Conflict, and National Reunion”. They are all worth watching.

The event was organized by the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia and The Library of Virginia.


New Book Project for Public Historians

R&LI don’t believe I have said much of anything about it on this site, but in addition to my book project on the myth of the Black Confederate soldier I have also been working on a proposal for a collection of essays on interpreting the Civil War at museums and historic sites. The idea was bring together public historians to explore how they interpreted the Civil War for the general public during the 150th. I also wanted to offer concrete ideas on how public historians can address the ongoing debates about Confederate iconography, which I believe has been woefully lacking.

The idea grew out of last year’s meeting of the AASLH in Louisville, where I took part in a panel discussion on this ongoing debate. While perusing the exhibit hall I came across the Rowan & Littlefield table and their “Interpreting History” series, which is published in partnership with AASLH. I was surprised that there was no book on the Civil War and brought it to the attention of Bob Beatty, who gave me the green light to kickstart a proposal. [click to continue…]