Note: This video came across my feed yesterday, but the date of the event is unknown.
How we respond to a video like this no doubt tells us a great deal about how we identify with our Civil War past as well as how we understand the war’s legacy and continued significance to our own lives and communities. Jacksonville City Councilwoman, Glorious Johnson, is clearly sincere in wanting to build connections and encourage understanding between the races in her own community. At the same time she chose to do it at an an event that is fraught with multiple and even conflicting meaning depending on the viewer. [click to continue…]
Brooks Simpson posted this video over the weekend, but it’s just too good not to do so here as well. I continue to be pleasantly surprised by where and how the Civil War 150th is being commemorated across the country. Enjoy.
Just a quick note to let all of you know that I finally got around to setting up a page at Academic.edu. You can find an updated CV along with downloads of published papers as well as drafts.
At this point I only have one draft upload, which is a forthcoming essay on the subject of black Confederates that will be published next year in The Journal of the Civil War Era. Hopefully, I will have a chance to make some final revisions so feel free to send along comments if you are moved to do so.
Over the next few weeks I will upload a few more items.
In addition to my short travel piece on Civil War Boston for the latest issue of The Civil War Monitor, I also took part in the magazine’s “Best of 2013″ feature. Seven of us, including Ken Noe, Andrew Wagenhoffer, Robert Krick, Ethan Rafuse, Brooks Simpson and Harry Smeltzer were asked to select a “Top Pick” along with an “Honorable Mention.” Here are my selections. [click to continue…]
Alan Levin at the Kennedy Plaza on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Imagine my surprise when I came across this feature story this morning in my hometown newspaper about my own father, whose efforts to preserve John F. Kennedy Plaza on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey are finally being acknowledged on this 50th anniversary of the president’s assassination. My father loves this site for reasons mentioned in the article. [click to continue…]