More rebel flag stuff; the CSS Hunley emerges; conspiracy theories that turned out true; the value of history education


The good folks at the Civil War Monitor are back with their video interview series with historians, but they changed the format a bit. Instead of 15-20 minute interviews, this new format is a much shorter length, focusing on one question. Today they’ve posted an interview with Dr. Karen Cox, musing over the current debate over the rebel flag and whether it would have taken place 100 years ago. Check out her response:

And speaking of the flag: check out what this Ole Miss football player had to say about a flag that is frequently used on his campus to celebrate the football team. I’m an Alabama fan, and we have a big game on Saturday with Ole Miss, but I fully support what he says here!

Meanwhile, more than 20 high school students in Virginia were suspended for wearing the rebel flag on their clothing, and they have now held a protest and are thinking of filing a law suit. UGH.

Enough with the flag. Want more Civil War related video? Well, check out this local news coverage of the work being done on the CSS Hunley. It contains some nice views of the rebel submarine now that the encrustations have been carefully removed. Check it out.

Enough with the Civil War? How about this: Most conspiracy theories are hogwash, as we all know. But, how about a list of 11 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true? Here ya go.

And I will leave you with the best thing I’ve read all day: Jason Steinhauer, a Public Historian at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, has a piece in Time in which he discusses the lack of historical knowledge in our country, insisting that the problem is not in what students are not learning or retaining. Check out his succinct thoughts on the value of history education. I think we would all agree that he nails it nicely.


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