Just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone at the Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York who came out for my talk last night. One of my first public Civil War presentations was at a Shoney’s near Petersburg back in 2002. Last night I spoke at Le Sans Culottes on 57th Street. [...]
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Congratulations to Republican Congressman Tim Scott, who was tapped by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to fill the seat vacated by outgoing Senator Jim DeMint. Scott is the first black Senator to serve from a Southern state since the era of Reconstruction: Scott hails from the Palmetto State’s staunchly conservative 1st District, which stretches along along [...]
Over the weekend I took some time to answer a few questions about Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln as part of a forum for the journal Civil War History. The roundtable discussion that will come out of it will be published in the September 2013 issue. One of the questions focused on the movie’s connection to the [...]
I may go and see Spielberg’s Lincoln again later this afternoon. Anyone want to join me? I’ve done my best to stay on top of what the Lincoln and Civil War communities have had to say. Here is a rundown: Jon Wiener/The Nation Louis Masur/The Chronicle Harold Holzer/The Daily Beast & The Chronicle Nina Silber/The [...]
Here is a short clip of Tom Dugan portraying Robert E. Lee. There is a short interview with Dugan and the director, but the clip that I found most interesting was Dugan’s portrayal of Lee’s views on slavery and race. What you get is a very loose reading of the historical record and a great [...]
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Looks like Trace Adkins decided to ruin a perfectly good Christmas special at Rockefeller Center by wearing a Confederate earpiece during his performance. As you can see, this is a very important story.