Brad Paisley’s Southern Heritage

There is an interesting verse in Brad Paisley’s single, “Camoflauge” which references the Confederate flag controversy: Well the stars and bars offends some folks and I guess I see why […]

Another Year of Blogging

It’s hard to believe that as of today I have been blogging for six years.  Those six years include 2,400 posts, just under 1 million visits and roughly 25,000 comments.  […]

Eric Foner on Lincoln and American Slavery

The first part of this interview is quite interesting as Foner reflects on his personal background and its influence on his scholarship.   His new book on Lincoln and slavery is […]

The Confederacy Has Risen Again

Unfortunately, you wouldn’t know this from those folks who proclaim themselves defenders of “Southern Heritage.”  Many of these people are preoccupied with silly battles surrounding the display of the Confederate […]

Rhode Island Civil War Round Table

Tomorrow I have the honor of presenting a talk to the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table as part of their annual gala dinner.  Historian Mark Dunkelman was kind enough […]

Why Did the Civil War Happen?

Wide Awake Films collaborated with the Virginia Historical Society to produce a four-minute visual experience of images, maps, footage and 3D animations that, together, convey an answer to the question: […]

Fort Monroe Becomes a National Monument

I can’t think of a better example of the dramatic shift that has taken place in recent years in our understanding of slavery’s central place in our collective memory of […]