Kyle Bjornson

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Research Notes: Repair and Temporal Relativity

<i>As I embark on actually writing my thesis, I have a lot of ideas I’m trying to mesh together. I’m going to use this space as a little sandbox for</i> …

Great Depression

Diaries, Memoirs, Military Orders, and More

War

Columbia and the Problem of Confederate Memorials

<i>By Thomas J. Brown</i><p>Columbia comes logically to its current position at the forefront of the national debate over Confederate memorials. The city has a …

South Carolina

My 2017 Best Picks for The Civil War Monitor

Thanks once again to Terry Johnston for inviting me to share a few of my favorite Civil War books from 2017 with the readers of The Civil War …

War

A Civil War Historian’s Talking Points

Yesterday historian Aaron Astor posted a list of talking points on his Facebook page that he utilizes when discussing the Civil War with the general …

American Civil War

20 of America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. They're scared.

“If current trends continue for another 20 or 30 years, democracy will be toast.”<p>Is American democracy in decline? Should we be worried?<p>On October 6, some of America’s top political scientists gathered at Yale University to answer these questions. And nearly everyone agreed: American democracy is …

Political Science

SC monument to black soldiers would be a whitewash

The proposal by state Reps. Bill Chumley and Mike Burns to erect a monument to “black Confederate soldiers” seems more like an attempt to rewrite …

More Guns Do Not Stop More Crimes, Evidence Shows

After I pulled the trigger and recovered from the recoil, I slowly refocused my eyes on the target. There it was—a tiny but distinct circle next to …

Guns

Deconstructing the Reconciliation Narrative of the Civil War

In 1913, Union and Confederate veterans held a touching reunion at Gettysburg. Now in their 70s, the veterans flocked to the small Pennsylvania town …

War
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Defenders Of Confederate Monuments Keep Trying To Erase History

Virginia State Senator Dick Black (R), who represents Loudoun and Prince William counties, likes Confederate monuments. He likes them a lot. He has asserted that to remove them is an attempt to erase history, but recently, Black tried his own hand at erasing history. In an email obtained by the</i> …

Confederate Monuments

We Legitimize the ‘So-Called’ Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That’s a Problem

As the debate escalates over how we publicly remember the Civil War following the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, the passionate and …

Notes from Antietam battlefield: 'Good bye if so it must be'

<b>Tintype of 7th Michigan Private Basil Leon DeShetler. (Image courtesy Jeff Makholm)</b><p><b>Like this blog on Facebook.</b><p>Amid the roar of artillery, thunderclap …

Confederate Monuments Syllabus

<b>A Crowdsourcing Project About Confederate Monuments and Civil War Memory: From #NOLA to #Cville</b><p>The horrific murders committed by Dylann Roof of nine …

Black History

In the Wake

<i>Lowdown from the High Country</i><p>There’s a shadow across the page in front of me, dark gray and looming. It’s not the proverbial elephant that I have in …

Robert E. Lee

'The civil war lies on us like a sleeping dragon': America's deadly divide - and why it has returned

The years leading up to 1861 saw polarised politics, paranoia and conspiracy theories. Sound familiar? One of the US’s foremost historians reflects on America’s Disunion – then and now<p>“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1781. The American revolution …

Political Science
War

12 Simple Money Moves You Should Make Before the End of the Day

Disclosure:<p>Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We’re letting you know because it’s what Honest Abe would do. After all, he is on …

Frugal Living

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee

The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.<p>The strangest part about the continued personality cult of Robert E. Lee is how few of the qualities his admirers profess to see in him he actually possessed.<p>Memorial Day has the …

| Nau Center for Civil War History, U.Va.

Approximately 180,000 African-American men enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. In our first pass through the compiled military service …

When at Gettysburg Remember to Turn Around

Just returned from a short trip in which I accompanied a group of high school students from Brooklyn to Washington, D.C., Harpers Ferry, Antietam and …

American Civil War
American Civil War
American Civil War

The Day of Battle

Frederick Maryland on September 17, 1862<p>The tramp of boots and the scraping of wagon wheels on paved city streets kept everyone aware of the …

War

50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own

Buck Owens, Bocephus and Brad Paisley: 50 LPs that will twang your head<p>50<p>By , , , , , , , , , , ,<p>1. Johnny Cash, 'At Folsom Prison' (1968)<p>"I just …

Reconsideration of Memorials and Monuments

<i>This article will be published in the upcoming Fall 2016 issue of</i> History News<i>, the official magazine of AASLH. To receive this issue of the</i> …

Black History