I recently learned that I will not be returning to the classroom for the upcoming school year. This is certainly disappointing given the upcoming presidential election as well as the ongoing debate about Civil War monuments. What an exciting and challenging time to be teaching American history. My loss, however, is your gain. Without having Read more

As history educators we routinely ask our students to interpret historical documents such as letters and diaries. We ask them to interpret these primary sources to gain insight into a specific moment or period in history. Students explore, among other things, the importance of perspective, significance, and cause & effect. History may often appear to Read more

One of my goals when I started this blog back in 2005 was to find ways to use it as an extension of my teaching. Over the years I have shared teaching resources, including primary and secondary sources and lesson plans. It’s forced me to think carefully about what it is that I am trying Read more

There is nothing quite like holding a copy of your own book for the first time. Yesterday UNC Press sent along a single copy of Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth and it looks amazing. The cover art is stunning. I am still feeling overwhelmed over the fact that this book Read more

During the summer months I devote part of my time to leading student tours of Boston. Some of those tours, like the one I led this morning, are through a collaboration with a large tour company here in town. The tours I lead are specifically focused on the history of the black community that thrived Read more

For some of my colleagues in the field of public history this week’s news on the Confederate monument debate front highlights the tension between education and racial justice. First, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill removed the pedestal on which Silent Sam once stood before it was removed last August. In Alabama a Read more

Book Tour: Fall 2019

As I mentioned the other day, Searching For Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth (UNC Press) will hit the shelves late August/early September. I know it might seem early, but I am already thinking ahead to planning a book tour. Over the past two weeks I have received a couple of inquiries about Read more

Neo-Confederates Move to Vermont

While everyone else is sharing a few laughs over last night’s Kavanaugh Hearing Cold Open on Saturday Night Live, I wanted to highlight this little gem. Enjoy.  Speaking of Vermont, later this week I will travel to Northfield, Vermont to attend Norwich University’s annual William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium. I am honored to Read more

In a couple of weeks, and after an absence of three years, I will return to Gann Academy in Waltham, MA to teach American history. I am jumping into a brand new course that is focused specifically on the history of disability in America. Sound strange? Let me explain. Over the past few years the Read more

As I type this my completed manuscript is on its way to the University of North Carolina Press. From here the manuscript goes to copy-edit, where it will be reviewed for spelling and grammatical errors. It has been a hectic couple of weeks that I am thrilled is over. As I mentioned in an earlier Read more