Confederate Heritage Gone Wild

Both Andy Hall and Brooks Simpson have highlighted another instance of Confederate Heritage gone wild. It’s nothing new, whether we are discussing the latest Virginia Flagger fiasco or SCV misstep. […]

Nathan Bedford Forrest High School To Get New Name

A long-standing dispute in Jacksonville, Florida has ended with the local school board’s unanimous decision to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. As in other decisions about […]

Has the Lost Cause Lost? (Redux)

In 2010 I was asked by the Wilson Quarterly to write a short response to an essay on the Civil War and historical memory by Christopher Clausen. I suggested that […]

Commemorating the Gettysburg Address on Ice

[Hat-tip to Jaime Martinez] On November 10 the Bakersfield Condors – a minor league Hockey team out of California – will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by […]

Fun With the American Civil War

The official video for Fun’s hit single “Some Nights” has a clear Civil War theme. Here is an alternative take on the song that utilizes scenes from “Gettysburg” and “Gods […]

From Civil War to Civil Rights

It’s an overused reference that often waters down the complexity of the history that it hopes to render intelligible. In this case, however, it seems appropriate. Last week the state […]

Will President Obama Travel To Gettysburg Next Month?

The 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is fast approaching. Click here for a rundown of events sponsored by the National Park Service in Gettysburg and various other organizations. […]

Kanye West’s Confederate Heritage

No, it’s not a new Dixie Outfitters design for the bad-ass biker in you that wants to show off your Confederate pride. In fact, it’s a t-shirt design for Kanye […]

12 Years a Slave in Theatres Now

Like many of you I am very much looking forward to seeing this movie. It looks like Hollywood’s sesquicentennial trifecta will go down with Lincoln, Django Unchained, and now 12 […]