This past week . . .

The always provocative Megan Kate Nelson had some interesting thoughts on the whole Henry Louis Gates/Ben Affleck mess and The New Republic vs Cornel West story. The Perils of “academic celebrity:” http://www.megankatenelson.com/skip-gates-cornel-west-and-the-perils-of-academic-celebrity-2/

Latest news from the Jamestown site; archaeologists have resurrected the church where Pocahontas got married. I can’t wait to get out there to see it. http://historicjamestowne.org/archaeology/dig-updates/

This week Jimmy Price began a series on largely forgotten Civil War battles that occured outside of Richmond in late 1864:
The Real War that Never Got into the Books: Operations North of the James River, July-October 1864

Jefferson Davis’s statue is under attack on the campus of the University of Texas:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/texas-students-aim-jefferson-davis-campus-statue-30922186

This week the award for best blog post goes to Kevin Levin, mainly for the title!

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Neo-Confederates

Miss the WWII flyover in DC on Friday? It was pretty cool. Here’s video:
http://www.c-span.org/video/?325808-1/world-war-ii-victory-europe-70th-anniversary-flyover

Has Captain Kidd’s treasure been found? Those of us who loved Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island will find this especially interesting (Just disregard the fact that the story comes from the History Channel’s website. Their shows these days are problematic, but they post some good stuff on their site)
http://www.history.com/news/has-captain-kidds-treasure-been-found

This week would have been Orson Welles’ birthday. Here are six facts about a man that changed cinema forever:
http://www.biography.com/news/orson-welles-facts-100th-anniversary

Interesting result of the Cold War? Most Europeans today give the US army the most credit for WWII liberation of Europe:
http://rt.com/news/253753-europeans-wwii-victory-poll/

Good stuff on Civil War Pop: Christian McWhirter’s thoughts after watching a reenactment of Lincoln’s funeral in Springfield:
https://civilwarpop.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/on-reenacting-a-funeral/comment-page-1/#comment-92

William & Mary begins its quest to start a James Monroe renaissance:

Making Monroe: College emphasizes legacy of famous alumnus

I am generally against remaking classics (it is a classic for a reason, don’t touch it!), but I might be more excited about a redo of the Roots miniseries if History Channel weren’t involved:
http://www.aenetworks.com/article/historyr-ae-and-lifetime-greenlight-roots

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