There’s a lot of talk on Twitter and right-wing media about Republicans being the “party of Lincoln” and the heroes of the Civil War. Yale professor and Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight explains why that’s ridiculous—

Lincoln Would Not Recognize His Own Party by David W. Blight He would see the Republicans as the antithesis of everything he fought for. By David W. Blight Dr. Blight, … Continue reading There’s a lot of talk on Twitter and right-wing media about Republicans being the “party of Lincoln” and the heroes of the Civil War. Yale professor and Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight explains why that’s ridiculous—

Starts as an excellent lecture on McClellan and Lee by Dr. Rafuse & quickly veers into “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!”

A really excellent talk on by Ethan S. Rafuse on McClellan and Lee, and the gentlemanly/outdated West Point notions they brought to the Civil War. (Which, by the way, didn’t … Continue reading Starts as an excellent lecture on McClellan and Lee by Dr. Rafuse & quickly veers into “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!”

Vicksburg – well, first, Grant more broadly – (and an amusing time-traveling sidetrack to Gettysburg)

So I really want to concentrate on Vicksburg but because Vicksburg was really about long, difficult, and seemingly endless preparation and because in that situation the purely personal relationships are … Continue reading Vicksburg – well, first, Grant more broadly – (and an amusing time-traveling sidetrack to Gettysburg)

Foner Funny – Prof Foner on Delaware – more random musing

༺ Dr. Foner’s accidental funny: ٠Delaware Couldn’t Secede٠ Version (Civil War and Reconstruction I) ༻
“So, here it’s really martial law, almost, which is holding, which is getting, making sure that Maryland stays in the Union. And of course, if Maryland stays in the Union, there’s not much chance of Delaware leaving, because Delaware is just a tiny, little place stuck over in the corner.”

“Is anybody here from Delaware?”

[Silence from class. No one is claiming Delaware.]

“I don’t mean to say anything bad about Delaware.”
[Silence solidifies.]

“I don’t really like Delaware much…”

Black History, Hidden Figures, & learning through laughter: SNL Weekend Update

“Like, did y’all know a black man invented the traffic light? Maybe I would’ve respected those signals a little more if I knew they were coming from a brother.”