Today I am writing from the North Shore in Lynn, MA, where in a few hours I will be speaking at the G.A.R. Museum. I took the scenic route and made my way through a few small towns to check out their Civil War monuments. Just head straight to the town center and you are bound to find one. [click to continue…]
Update: Blog has been taken down.
Word comes today that fellow blogger, Corey Meyer, has decided to shut down his blog after experiencing what can only be described as an act of intimidation at his workplace, which happens to be a school. Apparently, a Confederate flag was hoisted up a flag pole and tied to a bag of coal along with a note near the school. [click to continue…]
Ani DiFranco’s recent cancellation of a workshop/performance at Nottoway Plantation in Louisiana has raised the question of whether it is appropriate to hold certain types of events at these sites. [Click here for a thoughtful response from Nicholas Redding.] [click to continue…]
Commemorating 1864 means, among other things, commemorating and remembering the battle of the Crater. As you might imagine the highlight for me will be the opportunity to speak in Petersburg on the anniversary of the battle itself on July 30. Beyond that I wanted to take a minute to share where I will be discussing the Crater in the next few months both here in Boston and elsewhere.
- February 7: “Lincoln, Race, and the Battle of the Crater,” Boston Union Club, Boston, MA.
- February 9: Book Signing and Talk, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater,” Sons of Union Veterans, Concord, MA.
- February 17: Book Signing and Talk, “Remembering the Battle of the Crater,” University of North Carolina at Pembroke/Workshop with area teachers on digital literacy and the myth of the black Confederate soldier.
- March 15: Confederates Assess the Battle of the Crater, Longwood University, Civil War Seminar, Longwood, VA.
My calendar is quickly filling up, but I am still open to additional speaking engagements as long as they don’t conflict with my teaching responsibilities. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Folks, I think it’s really going to happen this year. General Goodson is going to make it happen because “once this ride starts…there is no getting off of it.” Grab your favorite coffee mug and climb on board.
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