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Free State of Jones: Official Trailer

It’s here. The first trailer for “Free State of Jones” starring Matthew McConaughey is now available and it looks incredible. The movie is based on Victoria Bynum’s excellent book, The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, which will soon be re-published by the University of North Carolina Press.

I will be reviewing both the book and the movie, which hits theaters this coming summer, for The Daily Beast. A couple of weeks ago I asked Vikki to reflect on the place of this movie in the context of our recent Civil War memory.

Confederate Monuments in an International Context

My trip to Prague this past summer forced me for the first time to consider the ongoing debate about the place of Confederate monuments in public spaces within an international context. We would do well to remember that other nations have faced and/or are currently dealing with¬† divisive questions surrounding memorial/commemorative landscapes. Many of these debates reflect divisions with deep historical roots that easily surpass those that can be traced to our own civil war. Continue reading “Confederate Monuments in an International Context”

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 03/01

Land Deluged in BloodPatrick Breen, The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Gary Gallagher and Joan Waugh, The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (Flip Learning, 2015).

Matthew W. Hall, Dividing the Union: Jesse Burgess Thomas and the Making of the Missouri Compromise (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015).

Elaine F. Parsons, Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Franklin D. Vangnone and Deborah E. Ryan, Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums (Left Coast Press, 2015).

Looking Ahead to 2016: Research, Writing, and Beyond

For a number of reasons, 2015 was an exciting year for me. In May I left the high school classroom to pursue other interests here in Boston. It began in September with an invitation to teach a research seminar at the American Antiquarian Society to twelve thoughtful and motivated college students from the college community in Worcester. I am currently pursuing a number of opportunities, but one in particular – assuming the pieces fall in place – will give me the chance to apply my skills as a teacher, researcher, and public historian. Keep your fingers crossed. Continue reading “Looking Ahead to 2016: Research, Writing, and Beyond”