Public Speaking in 2017

Just a quick reminder that I am available as a public speaker for a wide range of events, including teacher workshops and guided tours. My calendar is quickly filling up for 2017, but my schedule is still flexible enough that I should be able to accommodate most requests.

      • February 4: “Radical Public History” (panel discussion), Newport Historical Society, Newport, RI.
      • February 8: “Taking a Stand on the Confederate Flag,” The Newman School, Boston, MA.
      • February 11: Teacher Workshop on Lincoln and Race, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.
      • February 12: “The History and Memory of the Confederate Battle Flag,” Department of Massachusetts, Sons of Union Veterans, Wakefield, MA.
      • March 7: “What Does the Confederate Flag Mean to You,” panel discussion sponsored by Fostering Racial Justice Group, Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough, MA.
      • April 22: Thinking About Confederate Iconography in the Wake of Charleston,” National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
      • May 2: Webinar on Fake News and Fake History, National Humanities Center.
      • May 23: “The History and Memory of the Confederate Battle Flag,” New Bedford Civil War Round Table, New Bedford, MA.
      • June 14: Civil War Memory and Monuments, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, GA.
      • July 9-18: Traveling in Vietnam with National Humanities Center/TransPacific Teacher Scholars Project.
      • September 27: Searching For Black Confederate Soldiers,” Civil War Round Table of Central Massachusetts, Holden, MA.
      • October 18: Topic, TBD, Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Cranston, RI.

Let me know how I can help. Contact information.

Boston Women’s March: Our Union Cause

Today my wife and I spent a beautiful afternoon on the Common as part of the Boston Women’s March for American. We joined roughly 125,000 people for a rally and march through the downtown. I love walking around the Common and Public Gardens surrounded by its rich memorial/commemorative landscape. We were on the opposite end from the 54th Massachusetts Memorial, but you can clearly see the recently refurbished Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the pic below.

It was a great day to be a Bostonian and an American.

Charlottesville’s Tough Vote on Confederate Monuments

This week the Charlottesville City Council voted to maintain their monuments to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in their current locations and without any modifications, including contextualization. It was a heated meeting that left many in attendance frustrated, mainly because of councilman Bob Fenwick’s repeated vote to abstain on a number of motions. I watched the entire discussion, which I highly recommend. [click to continue…]

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 01/18

Daina R. Berry, The Price For Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation (Beacon Press, 2017).

Bradley R. Clampitt, Occupied Vicksburg (Louisiana State University Press, 2016).

Bernard Fall, Hell In A Very Small Place: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu (Da Capo reprint, 1985). → [Vietnam Library]

Jane Kamensky, A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (Norton, 2016).

David Waldstreicher and Matthew Mason, John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Thomas J. Ward, Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Virginia Flaggers Led By Stonewall Jackson in Lexington

Update: The battle flag erected outside of Lexington is in violation of Rockbridge County’s zoning ordinance.

I think it is perfectly fitting that the Virginia Flaggers were led down the streets of Lexington, Virginia this past weekend by an individual portraying Stonewall Jackson, who (as of 2015) is also a member of the League of the South. I love the way it ties a war to expand slavery and protect white supremacy with organizations that continue to openly profess white supremacy. [click to continue…]

Virginia Flaggers Outflanked and Annihilated

Update: Virginia Flaggers were led down the streets of Lexington by a member of the League of the South.

From all of the reports, photographs, and videos that I have seen it looks like the Virginia Flaggers and Sons of Confederate Veterans were upstaged by CARE this weekend in Lexington. The Flaggers managed to attract the same roughly 200 people – most of whom do not live in Lexington – to this annual event. Reports indicate that CARE’s march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. attracted around 2,000 people. [click to continue…]