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Conversation with Dr. Hilary Green about the history and controversy surrounding Confederate monuments (Ford’s Theatre, July 2020)

I’m being entirely truthful when I say that yours was the most enthralled audience I’ve ever witnessed here. I was sitting way in back, so I could literally see everyone, and no one squirmed, no watches were checked, not a single yawn! Instead, heads were nodding, people turned to each other to corroborate your remarks, they chuckled at your humor. You’re a good teacher! − Gracelaw Simmons, Royall House & Slave Quarters

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Over the past fifteen years I have spoken in front of audiences across the country on a wide range of topics related to the American Civil War and history education. I regularly visit classrooms to work with students directly and have led numerous professional development workshops for history educators.

Working with students at Ashley Hall School in Charleston, SC on the Confederate monument Controversy

Speaking Possibilities: Keynote Address, Corporate Workshop (half-day or full-day), Conference Breakout Session, Panel Discussion, or a Customized Engagement.

Excellent! I have been involved with studying U.S. History since the 4th grade, taught it for two decades, and was a History Department chair for nearly ten years. With all of that, I sat there enraptured and completely enveloped in your presentation. Thanks for giving all of us much to think about. — Ralph Van Inwagen, Assistant Head of School, Gann Academy

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Most Requested Topics

Confederate Monuments and Race in America

Leading a tour of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia (2018)

Why are Confederate monuments being removed in cities and towns across the country? In this presentation we will explore the long and divisive history of these monuments, why they became pervasive on the Southern landscape by the early twentieth century and why they remain contentious today.

The Myth of the Black Confederate Soldier

Fabricated photo of “1st Louisiana Native Guard, 1861″

Why do so many people believe that thousands of enslaved men served as soldiers in the Confederate army during the Civil War? This presentation challenges these longstanding myths by first exploring the actual place of African Americans in the Confederate war effort and why these stories in more recent years have been transformed into stories about Black soldiers. In the process you will learn how to interpret primary sources and appreciate why the Internet needs to be approached with caution.

Kevin is a veteran member of the Civil War Institute summer conference faculty, and is one of the most versatile speakers in our bullpen. Over the past few years, he’s led breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics, participated in panel discussions on the main stage, and facilitated small-group investigations of primary source materials. He’s also worked closely with our high school student scholarship program, leading intensive discussions on historical memory and history and new media. Kevin’s programs are extremely popular with our attendees. — Jill Titus, Assistant Director, Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College

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Discussion about Confederate monuments with students and teachers at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego (2020)

Even with the move to online teaching there is still plenty of opportunity to arrange for a lecture and/or discussion with your students about these and other topics via Zoom, Skype, etc.

Thank you so much for two terrific presentations!! I really can’t say enough how perfect they were for these students as they begin the school year. I spent the next 40 minutes with the students who were in person for yesterday’s presentation and they really could not stop talking about it.–Peter Vermilyea, Social Studies Department Chairman, Housatonic Valley Regional High School

Professional Development For History Educators

Leading a tour for history educators at the Freedman’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. (2019)

Some of my most enjoyable work has been with fellow history educators. I have extensive experience leading tours for educators at historic sites and monuments in cities like Richmond, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C. Over the past few years I have led workshops for teachers from all over the country. I am committed to helping educators teach some of the most challenging subject matter, including the current controversy surrounding the history and memory of Confederate monuments.

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Upcoming Engagements


  • January 13: Discussion of the movie GLORY, Massachusetts Historical Society. (Registration)
  • February 7: “Confederate Monuments and Race in America,” Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Falls Village, CT.
  • February 11: “Confederate Monuments and Race in America,” Chelmsford Public Library.
  • April 1: Walking tour of Civil War Boston, Organization of American Historians annual meeting, Boston, MA.
  • April 14: Robert Gould Shaw, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Civil War Round Table, Brunswick, Maine.
  • April 26: Searching for Black Confederates, Baltimore Civil War Round Table, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • October 23: Robert Gould Shaw, Dan Sickles Civil war Round Table.

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