NEWS: Charlottesville and the Mississippi Flag (An Open Letter from Historians)

As college professors, we have watched events of the past few days in Charlottesville and around the country while preparing for a new semester. We know that students in our classes will bring many questions and perspectives about this moment in history. They will look for us to comment on a response from the president that many Republicans and Democrats alike found deeply troubling and insufficient. They will wonder why many white nationalists and racist groups feel empowered at this moment in time. We have our work cut out for us....

BLOGROLL: Foner on Confederate Statues and ‘Our’ History

Eric Foner writes: "If the issue were simply heritage, why are there no statues of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, one of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s key lieutenants? Not because of poor generalship; indeed, Longstreet warned Lee against undertaking Pickett’s Charge, which ended the battle of Gettysburg. Longstreet’s crime came after the Civil War: He endorsed … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Foner on Confederate Statues and ‘Our’ History

SOURCE: Frederick Douglass on How Congress Can Fight a ‘Treacherous President’ – The Atlantic

The Atlantic reprints Frederick Douglass’s 1866 essay on how Congress can cope with a chief executive who refuses to recognize the rights of all citizens: "Slavery, like all other great systems of wrong, founded in the depths of human selfishness, and existing for ages, has not neglected its own conservation. It has steadily exerted an … Continue reading SOURCE: Frederick Douglass on How Congress Can Fight a ‘Treacherous President’ – The Atlantic

BLOGROLL: Fleming writes “White Supremacy Is the Foundation of Our Country”

Crystal Marie Fleming on United States' history of white supremacy and the danger of stopping at statues: "From the inception of this nation, white supremacist ideology was used to justify genocide and slavery. And so, the problem of collective memory extends far beyond Confederate memorials. Removing memorials to white supremacy in the United States is … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Fleming writes “White Supremacy Is the Foundation of Our Country”

DIGITAL: Network Visualization of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky 

"On August 10, 2017, my partner Sara Carlstead Brumfield and I delivered this presentation at Digital Humanities 2017 in Montreal.  The presentation was coauthored by Patrick Lewis, Whitney Smith, Tony Curtis, and Jeff Dycus, our collaborators at Kentucky Historical Society... "The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition was conceived to address a problem … Continue reading DIGITAL: Network Visualization of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky 

NEWS/DIGITAL: The Disturbing History Of Confederate Monuments, In A Single Image

"Symbols of the Confederacy have retained their ugly power for 150 years, and the number of monuments has actually increased at crucial moments in recent American history. An infographic from the Southern Poverty Law Centermaps out Confederate iconography, including monuments and names of schools, from the end of the Civil War in 1861 to 2016–revealing that the … Continue reading NEWS/DIGITAL: The Disturbing History Of Confederate Monuments, In A Single Image