In July of 1863, Confederate and Union forces fought in Pennsylvania near a small village named Gettysburg. In only three days some 50,000 casualties – both North and South – were tallied, the most during the course of the Civil War. By mid-October, a National Cemetery at Gettysburg began to rebury the dead. David Wills, a committee member overseeing the cemetery project, invited President Abraham Lincoln to (more…)

Recent scholarship portrays Abraham Lincoln, in a less than flattering light. A new book by historians Philip Magness and Sebastian Page stirs the pot by uncovering documents in Britain – communiqués between Lincoln and British diplomats – which show the president seeking cooperation with certain London officials about Belize (then known as British Honduras); sending freed African Americans to Central America to form a colony. (more…)

Score one for Dr. Jeff Livingston (explanation, please).

In the many conversations we parlayed, (he the professor, me the graduate student and intern), the status of History in the post modern climate of these United States came up often. I took the position that History tends toward stuffiness, that ivory tower elitism and near incomprehensible prose are killing the discipline. Further, I argued that historians must do a better job in bringing history before the masses. For his part, Dr. Livingston deliberated on my position before advancing his measured disagreement. (more…)