Why The Civil War Still Matters

I am presenting this talk today in front of fellow faculty, students, and invited guests. It is a chance to share my passion for Civil War history and the more […]

Teaching Dissent

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for some time now. I’ve been somewhat uncomfortable in the classroom this year and I think I finally understand why. My […]

Creating Neo-Confederates

I decided to follow up yesterday’s depressing news story out of Mississippi involving Claude Tubberville and his inane assertions about the Civil War. What follows is a sample of the […]

A Classroom Surprise

My AP classes are now reading about the Progressive Era. The period from roughly 1880 to 1914 is one of those quagmires that I never feel completely comfortable teaching. It’s […]

Chandra M. Manning on Soldiers and Slavery: Part 2

We finished our discussion of Manning’s article on Thursday. The students generally agreed with the argument, but noticed a few places that seemed to lack sufficient evidence. In the first […]

Images of Slavery in Confederate Currency

I highly recommend The United States Civil War Center’s online resource, Beyond Face Value: Depictions of Slavery in Confederate Currency. The images clearly reflect the role of slavery in the […]

New Abraham Lincoln Website

New Abraham Lincoln Website: Check out Abraham Lincoln’s Classroom, which is sponsored by The Lincoln Institute and The Lehrman Institute. It contains plenty of primary sources for classroom use and […]

Teaching Reconstruction

This week I will be teaching Reconstruction. I am putting primary documents together, slides, and segments of movies, including Birth of a Nation and Gone With The Wind. We will […]