I’ve been pretty consistent in my response to accusations that our history classrooms have been turned into forums for the teaching of Critical Race Theory and other so-called dangerous ideas. That response began and ended with the truth: CRT is not taught in k-12 classrooms. It was driven by a desire to stand up for Read more

The views expressed in this blog post are my own and do not represent the National Council for History Education, with which I am currently serving as a member of the board of directors. We could have seen this coming from a mile away. In fact, an argument could be made that this is exactly Read more

I had the pleasure of studying with Professor Woody Holton as a graduate student at the University of Richmond. His seminar on the American Revolution was filled with discussion and healthy debate around a wide range of readings. He is a model history teacher. This piece by Holton on the controversy surrounding the 1619 Project Read more

As I reported a few weeks ago, the Zinn Education Project has published a sobering report about the current state of the teaching of Reconstruction. We clearly have a long way to go in improving state standards and in devoting sufficient time to teach this important period in American history, but we need to place Read more

You Forgot to Mention…

I think if you are going to recognize the birthday of someone like “Stonewall” Jackson–even in something as simple as a social media post–you have an obligation to tell the full story. Jackson’s military exploits, including his flanking maneuvers, must be understood alongside the fact that he owned human beings, chose to make war against Read more

Last week I took part in a discussion about the movie GLORY, which was hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society. It is now available for viewing if interested. Lyman Richard Comey ed., A Legacy of Valor: T/he Memoirs and Letters of Captain Henry Newton Comey, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry (University of Tennessee Press, 2004) Adam Domby Read more

It occurs to me that I have never shared the proposal for my current book project about Robert Gould Shaw, which is under advance contract with the University of North Carolina Press. I’ve done this in the past for my other two books to give readers a sense of what goes into the proposal specifically Read more

Yesterday I suggested that even though Robert Gould Shaw’s parents remained committed to the abolitionist cause in the 25 years leading up to the Civil War, the family had very little connection to the Black community in Boston and elsewhere. Robert did not share his parent’s reformist zeal, but he turned out to be the Read more

One of the most difficult challenges in writing a biography is convincing your reader to care about the subject. Admittedly, I have struggled with this over the course of my research and writing about Robert Gould Shaw. What makes his story worth telling again and why should anyone care? In fact, a number of my Read more

It couldn’t get any worse for groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Virginia Flaggers, who gather each year in Lexington, Virginia to mark a day that no longer enjoys official recognition. Confederate flags no longer fly from city-owned lamp posts; VMI has removed a statue honoring Stonewall Jackson and sand blasted his name Read more