Kyle Bjornson

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Monuments aren’t museums, and history suffers when we forget that

Opinion: Removing statues of controversial historical figures doesn’t erase them from history—because recording history simply isn’t the function of …

Old Salem's ambitious plan goes beyond wheelchair ramps to put history in every hand

In 1997, long before he became the president of Old Salem Inc., Frank Vagnone lost feeling in his legs and spent six months in a wheelchair.

‘Citizen Archivists’ and Civil War Documents

National Archives microfilm Photograph by author)When I began my research on an Ohio African American Civil War regiment, the 27th United States …

Genealogy

10 Books I Wish My White Teachers Had Read

I can only remember having two non-white teachers during my time in school. From my early years at underfunded public schools comprised mostly of …

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> …

Diaries, Memoirs, Military Orders, and More

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Voting

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 …

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 …

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 09/17

Update: The official release date for my new book, Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites, (Rowman &Littlefield) is this week. Stay …

When History’s Losers Write the Story

I visited a summer camp in western Russia in July 2015. Its theme was “military patriotism,” and it involved dozens of teenagers lounging around in tents, wrestling, carving wood and making garlands. They were also taking history classes. Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader who killed millions of …

Defenders Of Confederate Monuments Keep Trying To Erase History

Claims that the Confederacy didn't fight to uphold slavery are disputed by Confederate generals themselves.<p>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 …

Black History

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 …

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 …

'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 …

War

Why those Confederate soldier statues look a lot like their Union counterparts

By Marc Fisher<p>Marc Fisher<p>Senior editor reporting on a wide range of topics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>President Trump’s supportive comments about Confederate monuments have focused new attention on long-ignored Civil War statues of a mustachioed infantryman standing at rest, wearing a greatcoat and holding a …

War

13 Shrewd Money Management Tips You Should Try 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 …

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 …

A Good Week For Reconstruction Resources

This week has brought some wonderful new resources on Reconstruction. First, check out this panel discussion from last month at the New York …

The Day of Battle - Frederick During the Battle of Antietam

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 …

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 03/01

Don H. Doyle ed., American Civil Wars: The United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s (University of North Carolina Press, …

50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own

50<p>Hank Williams Jr., ‘Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound’ (1979)<p>Perhaps inspired or pissed off by the deification of his dad's historically haunted legacy, …