A re-enactor portraying General Robert E. Lee rides through columns of spectators after a re-enactment of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, April 9, 2015.

Our Commemoration of the Civil War’s End Celebrates a Myth

The emancipation of black Americans has been written out of our celebration of the Civil War's end.
Statue of John C. Calhoun in Charleston, South Carolina.

Don’t Tear Down Confederate Monuments – Do This Instead

Why eliminate street names that tell one part of Southern history when we can amplify them to tell even more of it?
James Drake, “Police and Dog Attack,” Freedom Walk, Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama, 1993.

The Monument Wars

What is to be done with a landscape whose features carry the legacy of violence?
Charleston Mercury Secession Broadside, December 20 1860,

The North Tried Compromise. The South Chose War.

The South's insistence upon protecting and spreading slavery caused the Civil War.
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly appears on Fox News' Ingraham Angle, Oct. 30, 2017

John Kelly Calls Robert E. Lee An ‘Honorable Man’ and Says ‘Lack of Compromise’ Caused The Civil War

The White House chief of staff set off a firestorm Monday after his comments on the Confederate general.
Circa 1400, a medieval covered market. Original Artwork: Engraving by Bertrand

University History Departments Have a Race Problem

The alt-right is appropriating medieval studies and classical scholarship. What can academics do to stop them?
Grave of Warner Mifflin, Camden, DE.

The Tireless Abolitionist Nobody Ever Heard of

He was a well-known figure in early America, but the name of Warner Mifflin has all but faded from the nation's memory.
Postcard image of Lee Park, Charlottesville, VA.

History Writ Aright

What would it take for people "to know their history"? Pay attention to the silences.

Trump is the New _______

Nixon? Reagan? Jackson? Historical analogies are simplistic, misleading—and absolutely essential.
Two members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1912.

How Southern Socialites Rewrote Civil War History

The United Daughters of the Confederacy altered the South’s memory of the Civil War.
The defaced Teddy Roosevelt statue outside the American Museum of Natural History, Oct. 26, 2017.

Activists Splatter Red Paint on Roosevelt Monument at American Museum of Natural History

The early-morning action is the latest in a series of protests demanding the statue’s removal.
A crowd cheers after the Confederate flag was lowered from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds for the last time on July 10, 2015.

Beyond Monuments: African Americans Contesting Civil War Memory

Black resistance to Lost Cause mythology has been a constant of the past 150 years.