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Displaying and Teaching the Confederate Flag in the Classroom (Part 3)

Bulletin boards can be a unique and useful tool in education if used properly. Due to a lack of funds and resources, field trips to historical sites and structures can represent a challenge. Bulletin Boards help fill that void through visual stimulation. Objects on the board can grab the attention of students, make them think and/or question, and engage them in the current curriculum. When I can, and when resources allow me to, I change the class bulletin board to draw my students’ attention to new material. This past week my U.S. History classes began their unit on the Civil Rights Movement. When I changed the bulletin board for this unit (featured image on the header), I incorporated a new item; something  my students helped create. 
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Confederate Memorial Hall Museum in Jacket Dispute with Alabama Collector

This story comes from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. 

“BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama collector says he bought a unique Civil War jacket fair and square, and he’s waging a court fight against the leaders of a Confederate memorial museum who say it was stolen from the New Orleans facility decades ago.”

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Confederates for Donald Trump

A Confederate Flag Rally in Columbia, S.C. quickly turned into political advocacy for Donald Trump. I’ve said it time and time again but it is worth repeating that many, not all but certainly most, Confederate Heritage advocates are consumed by presentism (anachronistic introduction of present-day ideas and perspectives into depictions or interpretations of the past). It is not so much about protecting “heritage,” as they claim, but advocating a political view point which they earnestly believe has historical precedent. A precedent which only “heritage” advocates see as they view the past through the lens of their political agenda.

Tonight: The Mine Wars

Go inside the coal miners’ bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century with The Mine Wars. The struggle over the material that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone. 


Tonight, on PBS (check your local listings). As an Appalachian enthusiast, who is currently teaching a class on Appalachian identity and stereotypes, I am beyond thrilled about this documentary.

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The Complicated History of the Confederate Flag

From the YouTube channel, The Good Stuff. A terrific video about the Confederate Battle Flag. The video includes the following description:

The confederate flag is a controversial symbol. What it means has changed over time and can depend on who you are and where you come from. And to further complicate this, there wasn’t just one confederate flag–there were dozens–and the flag we’ve come to know as the confederate flag has a history as complicated as it is contentious.

What if the South Won the American Civil War

Here is an alternate history theory by the YouTube channel AlternateHistoryHub. The channel has some really interesting videos that are fun to watch and think about. I do enjoy alternate histories for their entertainment value. I am also believe that they have intellectual value. Alternate histories present ideas about the past into order to formulate their alternative future. At the very least, they make you think. Unsurprisingly, AlternateHistoryHub produced a “what if” regarding the Civil War. Tell me what you think.