Removing a Local Confederate Monument

The controversy over Confederate monuments has come to Lebanon, Tennessee. Someone in a local newspaper suggested removing the statue of Confederate general Robert Hatton, which sits in the middle of the town square. You can read my entire post about the controversy at the CU history blog. Reading the comments section of the article is fascinating in …

More Silliness about Tariffs from David John Marotta

Updated 6/30/13 8:15 P.M. Forbes appears to have taken down both of Marotta's posts on the Civil War mentioned in this post (h/t Joe Adelman), but you can find them on his personal website here and here. Marotta's daughter is listed as co-author on his website. Last week, David John Marotta wrote an opinion piece …

Were Tariffs the Cause of the Civil War?

Updated 6/30/13 8:22 P.M.: In the interest of fairness, here is Marotta's response to his critics, co-written with his daughter, who wasn't credited as a co-author in his original Forbes piece. Updated: 7/1/13 3:00 P.M.: I posted a comment to the above post on Marotta's site politely pointing out the discrepancy between his and his …

SHA 2011: Gender and Sectional Reconciliation in Late Nineteenth Century America

Today started off rocky. I was supposed to be at a focus group for Bedford/St. Martin's at 8:00 . . . or so I thought. It was actually 9:00, so that extra hour of sleep I would have liked because of the time change didn't happen. After the focus group, Joyce Harrison, Brian McKnight, John …

More on Historians and Online Sources

The recent H-SHEAR exchange about online sources, which I blogged about previously, has prompted other related discussions. On H-CivWar, a review of Edward Sebesta and James Loewen's The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader prompted Peter Knupfer, H-Net guru extraordinaire, to question the lack of online resources in document readers. His post elicited a response from Sebesta …

Goodbye, Colonel Reb

The controversy over the Ole Miss mascot, Colonel Reb, appears to winding down. The university has selected five mascots from which Colonel Reb's replacement will be chosen: "a bear, a lion, a horse, a land shark (a reference to the team’s tenacious defensive line) and Hotty and Toddy (derived from the name of the school cheer)." …

2010 Tennessee Conference of Historians

The 2010 Tennessee Conference of Historians will meet on the campus of Cumberland University on 10-11 September 2010. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Caroline Janney, Associate Professor of History at Purdue University. An OAH Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Janney is the author of Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the …