Process, the blog of the Organization of American Historians, is running a round table on teaching in the wake of Charlottesville. Participants include Jarred Amato, Beverly Bunch-Lyons, Michael Dickinson, Emily Farris, Kevin Gannon (don’t miss him on Episode 26 of the TWOILH Podcast), Nyasha Junior, and Heather Cox Richardson. Here is a taste: Did the … Continue reading Teaching American History after Charlottesville
In our opening episode of Season 4, host John Fea and producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling catch up on some of the important historical work that still needs to be done in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville. John shares his thoughts on “Make American Great Again” as a historical statement. They are joined by historian … Continue reading Episode 25: Thinking Historically About Charlottesville
If you want to understand what happened in Charlottesville and hate in America, this is a good place to start. Here is a taste of Catherine Halley‘s introduction to JSTOR Daily’s Charlottesville syllabus: It has been a difficult week in American history, and a lot of educators have been wondering how to speak to their … Continue reading JSTOR Daily’s Charlottesville Syllabus
It’s been out for about a week now: We, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, are saddened by the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va. Our hearts are with the families of the victims—the three who lost their lives, the 35 injured and the millions across the country who are traumatized by … Continue reading National Museum of African American History and Culture Issues Statement on Charlottesville
I have been trying to say something like this throughout the week, but I can’t say it as well or with the expertise and authority of Annette Gordon-Reed: Today, a time of intense focus on the personal and of misplaced faith in the importance of sincerity, we question whether Jefferson really believed the words “all … Continue reading Annette Gordon Reed: Why Jefferson Matters in the Wake of Charlottesville
In the days following the events at Charlottesville, the National Park Service made a change to its description of Arlington House, Robert E. Lee’s pre-Civil War home that now looks over Arlington National Cemetery. Here is a taste of Russell Berman’s piece at The Atlantic: As of August 4, according to a cache of the page accessed … Continue reading The National Park Service Responds to Charlottesville
Here is court evangelical Robert Jeffress on Fox Business News last night. He rightly condemns racism, as he has been doing all along. This is good. But he also defends the POTUS, saying that Trump wants to condemn “all racism.” I’m not sure what he means here by “all racism.” Is he somehow referring to … Continue reading Court Evangelical Robert Jeffress: Trump Should Not Apologize for Charlottesville Statements. “He Did Just Fine”
Over at the Federalist, a writer named Daniel Payne has a piece titled “Trump Spoke Truth About ‘Both Sides’ In Charlottesville, And The Media Lost Their Minds.” As the title suggests, this piece defends Trump’s remarks on Tuesday and seems to have no problem with his attempt to put the white supremacists in Charlottesville on … Continue reading Another Court Evangelical Doubles Down on Trump’s Charlottesville Remarks
Trump’s failure to unequivocally denounce racism in Charlottesville and his decision to make this all about monuments has hopefully made Americans more appreciative of what historians do. Think about it. Over the course of the last week Americans have been offered history lessons on race, African-American history, the Confederacy, the Civil War, the difference between … Continue reading Trump’s Words About Charlottesville May Have A Silver Lining
As Bruce Springsteen likes to say, “I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.” Sadly, there is often a great gulf that separates the promise of America and American reality. I thought about Springsteen’s quote as I read Joshua Zeitz‘s piece at Politico: “What Happened in Charlottesville Is … Continue reading Sadly, What Happened in Charlottesville IS American
Yesterday I was proud of my largely white evangelical church. My pastor took time to condemn the racists who came to Charlottesville on Saturday and reminded us that “God grieves” at such behavior. He asked us to pray for the victims and their families. He asked us to pray for changed hearts among the white … Continue reading How Did Your Church Respond To What Happened in Charlottesville?
This morning I return to blogging after about a week of rest. While I was gone, of course, a lot of things happened. Though I wasn’t writing here, I was commenting on recent events in Charlottesville via my Twitter feed. Here are some of my tweets with additional commentary. There are still serious questions here … Continue reading Charlottesville Tweets
I am teaching the Civil War this semester. In fact, I have class tonight. I am thinking of starting the class with John Kelly’s recent claim that the Civil War was caused by “the lack of an ability to compromise.” I watched the video of Kelly’s interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News. In that … Continue reading Thoughts on John Kelly’s Civil War Comments
I am still trying to get my head around Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke‘s comments about monuments on federal lands. Here is a taste of his recent interview with Breitbart: No monuments are going to be removed from federal land,” Zinke assured viewers, reiterating the commitment he made in July when, long before the violent clashes in Charlottesville, … Continue reading Interior Secretary: Removal of Confederate Monuments Will Lead to Complaints from Native Americans
Season Four of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast is well underway. So far this season we have talked about white supremacy, race, and Charlottesville with historian Kelly Baker (Episode 26), and teaching history with Kevin Gannon, aka “The Tattooed Prof” (Episode 27). In Episode 28, which drops on Sunday, we historicize Mara-a-Lago (Donald … Continue reading Are You Supporting The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast?
The Daily Progress has a nice piece on Kirt von Daacke, Professor of History at the University of Virginia and the university’s co-chairman of the President’s Commission on Slavery, who has been tweeting the results of his research. Check out his tweets @slaveryuva Here is a taste: Kirt von Daacke, an assistant dean of history … Continue reading Tweeting the History of Slavery at the University of Virginia
Robert Cook is professor of American History at the University of Sussex. This interview is based on his new book, Civil War Memories: Contesting the Past in the United since 1865 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). JF: What led you to write Civil War Memories? RC: I’ve been working at the intersection of race, politics, and historical memory in … Continue reading The Author’s Corner with Robert Cook
He became famous by writing the book on which the smash-hit musical “Hamilton” was based. Now Ron Chernow‘s latest book is a biography of Ulysses S. Grant. The Washington Post has the story covered. Here is a taste of Karen Heller’s piece: Ron Chernow’s timing is exquisite, even if it took six years and 25,000 index cards to … Continue reading Ron Chernow’s Latest Biography
Kevin Levin raises an interesting point. In a recent talk a member of the audience asked him if it was possible to honor Robert E. Lee with a monument for his work as president of Washington and Lee University. Here is a taste of Levin’s post at Civil War Memory: One question in particular caught … Continue reading Can We Honor Robert E. Lee Apart from the Confederacy?
Things are really shaping up for Season 4 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast. Last week we dropped our first episode of Season 4. Author Kelly J. Baker joined us to talk about white supremacy, race, the KKK, and Charlottesville. Our next episode (#26) will drop this weekend. Our guest is history pedagogy … Continue reading The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast: Season 4 Update