The Future of Black Confederates in 1860

One of the texts that I recently finished reading is Edmund Ruffin’s Anticipations of the Future To Serve As Lessons For the Present Time (1860). Most of you know Ruffin […]

Trolled Once Again by Edward Sebesta

I hesitate responding to posts by Edward Sebesta that are about me, but in some corners he is still taken seriously. This past week brings two posts in which I […]

When Teaching Slavery Goes Wrong

This morning I came across a wonderful series of tweets from historian Kidada Williams, who was responding to recent controversies involving k-12 teachers and lesson plans about slavery that go […]

New Book on Slave Enlistment Debate

I want to call your attention to the forthcoming release of Philip Dillard’s Jefferson Davis’s Final Campaign: Confederate Nationalism and the Fight to Arm Slaves. Those of you interested in […]

The First Female Black Confederate?

I’ve said many times that the vast majority of people who believe or even push the black Confederate narrative do not do so for nefarious reasons. They are not promoting […]

Tracking Lincoln on Race and Slavery

This weekend I will be leading a teacher workshop at the Massachusetts Historical Society, which focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s evolving views on race and slavery. As part of my presentation […]

Frederick Douglass Really Did Do An “Amazing Job”

Update #2: Check out my latest at The Daily Beast. Update: David Graham shares his thoughts about Trump’s confusing and disappointing observations about Black History Month. President Donald Trump kicked […]