12 Years A Slave Meets the Academic Community

Last year Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln led to an outpouring of reviews by professional historians, who pointed out what they perceived to be a wide range of interpretive problems and omissions […]

Colbert Introduces McQueen to the Lost Cause

In this interview with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen, Steven Colbert finds a way to both playfully diffuse and explore Lost Cause themes related to slavery. At the […]

Went to See…

… 12 Years A Slave earlier tonight. I am still feeling numb and will need to take some time to process my thoughts. I will say that the movie – […]

Review of Linda Barnickel’s Milliken’s Bend

This morning The Civil War Monitor published my review of Linda Barnickel’s new book, Milliken’s Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory. The past few decades have witnessed […]

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 […]

Racist Images and Messages in Jim Crow Era

The next episode of PBS’s The African Americans airs on Tuesday night. The African American in antebellum times was, as the stereotype held, reliable, faithful, hardworking, malleable. Indeed, one entrusted […]

From Black Confederates to 12 Years a Slave

What happens when a black man dresses up for a Civil War reenactment in a Confederate uniform? Watch the video to find out. In more serious news, check out this […]