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
Here is court evangelical Robert Jeffress on NFL players taking a knee: Let’s get the facts straight. These NFL players were protesting more than social injustice on Sunday. They were also protesting the way that President Donald Trump responded to their protests of social injustice. Their protests on this particular Sunday were more geared toward … Continue reading Court Evangelical Robert Jeffress Has a Message for NFL Players
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Help archives damaged by Harvey and Irma Photography, history, and politics Sarah Zang reviews James Delbourgo, Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum The meaning of Charlottesville Trump and the end of the “American Era” The Stanford of the East Who … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
We were all in the studio today recording Episode 25 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast. This is our first episode of Season 4. In this episode we discuss race and Charlottesville with Kelly J. Baker, author of the highly acclaimed Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930. The … Continue reading Season 4 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast is Almost Here!
Last week we wrote about Princeton University president Christopher Eisgruber’s criticism of the religious questions posed to federal judge nominee Amy Coney Barrett by Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Today we call your attention to Eisgruber’s speech at Princeton’s opening exercises entitled “Pluralism and the Art of Disagreement.” It is a clear statement … Continue reading “Pluralism and the Art of Disagreement”
Kevin Levin is a historian, educator, and the proprietor of the popular Civil War Memory blog. This interview is based on his new edited collection, Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017). JF: What led you to collect and edit the essays in Interpreting the Civil War? KL: With the United States … Continue reading The Author’s Corner with Kevin Levin
Over at Civil War Memory, Kevin Levin reflects on Confederate Civil War reenactors in a post-New Orleans, post-Charlottesville world. Here is a taste: It should come as no surprise that reenactors who don Confederate gray and display the Confederate battle flag are meeting more and more resistance from people who question their motivation. A group … Continue reading What About Confederate Reenactors?
During the first couple weeks of my “Teaching History” course at Messiah College we have been discussing whether or not a 7th-12th grade history course should be built around some kind of narrative. And if a narrative is important (not all of my students think it is), what might that narrative look like? As I … Continue reading American Ideals and American Reality
For their fear of a president like Donald Trump For creating three branches of government For opposing gerrymandering For trying to protect the country from the tyranny of the majority For instituting a way to amend the Constitution in order to protect the states For growing weed For being “living men” and fallible humans For … Continue reading Today the Founding Fathers Were Invoked…
Should Christians be advising Donald Trump? Over at Christianity Today, Kate Shellnut has collected responses to this question from court evangelicals and evangelicals who do not have access to the court. Here are some of the non-court evangelical responses: Gary Burge, visiting professor at Calvin Theological Seminary: Pastors need to weigh the difference between beneficial access to … Continue reading What Some Non-Court Evangelicals are Saying About the Court Evangelicals
Tom Ashbrook interviews historians Judith Giesberg and Julian Zelizer on his WBUR-Boston show “On Point” Listen here. Themes discussed and things learned: Julian Zelizer is writing a book about Newt Gingrich Zelizer says that we should be careful not to place Trump solely in “long term continuums.” There is a lot about him that is unique, … Continue reading Historians Discuss American History in the Age of Trump
Future historians will not miss this. We like to connect the dots and see trends. The Trump presidency is only seven months old and there is already enough material to write an entire book on Trump and the politics of race. But just think about the last several weeks: I. Charlottesville (August 12, 2017): Trump … Continue reading An Outline of the August-September 2017 Chapter in a Future Trump Biography
There may be hope for the court evangelicals. According to this report in The Washington Post, court evangelical Jentezen Franklin, the pastor of Free Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia, spoke frankly to the POTUS in an attempt to stop him from ending the DACA program. Here is a taste of Frances Stead Stellers’s piece at The Post: Pastor … Continue reading A Court Evangelical Stands Up to Trump on DACA