The other day on twitter I was asked if it is worth watching Ken Burns’s documentary, The Civil War, which aired on PBS in 1990. In recent years, the…
No one was surprised when Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, announced that he would not vote in favor of confirming Judge Ketanji…
In the first installment of this series I briefly explored the way in which The Civil War deals with slavery as a cause of the war. For many viewers…
What good is history education if you are prevented from teaching its most critical lessons following yet another racially-inspired mass killing? This…
I've always thought that Barbara Fields was the real star of this film.
Today state offices in South Carolina are closed in recognition of Confederate Memorial Day. The day comes just weeks before the anniversary of Dylann…
On this bicentennial anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s birth I am sharing five books that have helped me to better understand this incredibly rich and…
Just sent off a review of Keith S. Hebert’s new book, Cornerstone of the Confederacy: Alexander Stephens and the Speech that Defined the Lost Cause to…
Yesterday I came across this tweet from historian Michael Beschloss. There are any number of ways one could react to people who insist that, “Lincoln…
Catch up on this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. In 2019 historian Keri Leigh Merritt published a thoughtful critique of Ken Burns’s Civil War…
On the morning of April 9, 1865, Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was cut off from its last route of escape at Appomattox…
This is one of my favorite comedy skits about Civil Ware reenacting. I’ve heard from a few people that Conan is a bit of a history buff and is…