The Civil War on the Eve of the Civil Rights Movement

The following Civil War documentary was produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films and hosted by Columbia University Professor, Henry Steele Commager in 1954.  There is a striking and, perhaps surprising, emancipationist […]

Ebay’s Civil War

[Hat Tip to Mark Snell. There is still time to register for Mark’s summer seminar on Race and Ethnicity in the Civil War.]

“Magnolia Morning”

I thought we might start the week off with a scene of peace and beauty. “It was the morning of great dreams and the day of high hopes. The night […]

Civil War Sesquicentennial Fast Approaching

I am counting down the days for Wednesday’s much-anticipated inaugural event of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.  Virginia is far ahead of the pack in organizing events for this 4-year commemoration.  […]

Was That Really Necessary, Mr. Councilman?

I‘ve said before that the best place to display a Confederate flag is in a museum where it can be properly interpreted.  It’s always surprised me that given the divisive […]