SCWH is missing public history and public history is missing SCWH

The plenary session at the Society of Civil War Historians annual meeting kicked off with three scholars talking about their work in the public sphere. A great opening to discuss historians in public, but the audience bounced from classroom to Eric Foner to the classroom to Facebook engagement to the classroom to Reconstruction scholarship. I sense … More SCWH is missing public history and public history is missing SCWH

Personal connections, but not *those* personal connections

Here, John Hennessey speaks about the difficulty of changing how we talk about the Civil War. The problem, as I understand it, is that we (Americans) “like our history to be very simple.” Hennessey locates the origin of our present simplicities in the Reconciliationist narratives about brave soldiers and common ground. Simplicities calcify into “conventional wisdom” … More Personal connections, but not *those* personal connections