“The History Boys”

Imake my acting debut this year in our school’s student production of “The History Boys.” I’ve been given the role of headmaster.  The story is set in a private school […]

Secessionists Eat Bad Steaks and Talk Disunion

Iam sorry to have missed yesterday’s meeting of the newest chapter of the League of the South, which has been organized in Anniston, Alabama.  The John C. Calhoun Chapter held […]

Alabama Honors Reconstruction Era Lawmakers

From the Associated Press: The Alabama Legislature has passed a resolution honoring black lawmakers who served during the Reconstruction era following the Civil War. The resolution by Democratic Rep. Alvin […]

John Hope Franklin (1915-2009)

Today one of the truly gifted historians died at the age of 94.  John Hope Franklin, however, was always more than a historian.  He understood that the present and the […]

White Southerners Have Always Loved Lincoln

Ihighly recommend Barry Schwartz’s new book, Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era: History and Memory in Late Twentieth-Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2009).  There is an interesting section on […]

Civil War Monuments and Virginia Politics

There is an interesting article in today’s Washington Post on the place of Civil War statues in a changing Virginia political landscape.  It’s a fairly balanced look at how these […]