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And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:10-11
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 1 Corinthians 5:12
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1 John 5:3
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:26
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:18-19

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Episode 1 of Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking the three or four arguments Neo-Confederates always make when they talk about the Civil War.

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Episode 2 of Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking the Lost Cause myth that Johnny Reb, the common Confederate soldier, didn't fight to preserve the institution of slavery.

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Episode 3 of Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking the Lost Cause myth that the American Civil War was fought over taxes and protectionist tariffs. Was the South subjected to disproportionate taxation? Did the Morrill Tariff cause secession? Watch and find out, you no-account, yellow-bellied sesech!

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Episode 4 of Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking the Lost Cause myths that Abraham Lincoln was a tyrant, that nobody in the North cared about slavery or abolitionism, and that the warmongering Union invaded the South without provocation or just cause during the Civil War. Featuring some special guest appearances from your favorite kooky historical characters!

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[1] “Chronology of the Secession Crisis” (1996). Civil War Causes

[2] “Lincoln’s Call For Troops.” Civil War Home

[3] Graydon Rust: “On This Day in Alabama History: Seizure of Federal Installations” (2018). Alabama News Center

[4] Dale Cox: “Apalachicola Arsenal.” Explore Southern History

[5] “Old Arsenal Museum: Baton Rogue, Louisiana.” Explore Southern History

[6] Robert Scott: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (1883). U.S. Government Printing Office

[7] “This Day in Georgia History: Augusta Arsenal Surrendered.” GeorgiaInfo

[8] David Sesser: “Seizure of the Little Rock Arsenal” (2013). Encyclopedia of Arkansas

[9] W.W. Lester and J. Bromwell: A Digest of the Military and Naval Laws of the Confederate States (1864). Evans and Cogwell

[10] “The Constitution of the United States: A Transcription.”

[11] Scott Bomboy: “Lincoln and Taney’s Great Writ Showdown” (2019). Constitution Daily

[12] Book TV: “The Myth of the Lost Cause: Gary Gallagher - Historian, Books, Bio, Interview.” C-SPAN2

[13] Jim Flook: Civil Liberties in Virginia During the Civil War” (2012). Encylopedia Virginia

[14] “Letter to Horace Greeley.” Abraham Lincoln Online

[15] Richard Striner: Father Abraham: Lincoln’s Relentless Struggle to End Slavery (2006). Oxford University Press. Pg. 192

[16] Jørg Nagler: “Abraham Lincoln’s Attitudes on Slavery and Race” (2009). American Studies Journal

[17] “Full Text of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.” Internet Archive

[18] “Evidence for the Unpopular Mr. Lincoln.” American Battlefield Trust

[19] Elisa De Togni: “The Abolitionist’s John Brown.” American Battlefield Trust

[20] Glenn C. Altschuler: “What the Troops Really Thought About Slavery” (2007). The Baltimore Sun

Misinformation abounds about the removal of Confederate monuments in across the Southern United States. In this video, I discuss the common misconceptions about these statues. Join me in making treason odious.

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[1] “Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy” (2019). Southern Poverty Law Center

[2] “City of New Orleans Begins Removal of Divisive Confederate Statues Commemorating ‘Cult of the Lost Cause’” (2017).

[3] Andrew Caplan: “Confederate Statue Removed From Downtown Gainesville” (2017). The Gainesville Sun

[4] Alex Horton: "Tennessee Lawmakers Punish Memphis for Removing Statue of Confederate and KKK Leader” (2018). The Washington Post

[5] “Kentucky City Removes 2 Confederate Statues from Courthouse" (2017). CBS News

[6] Lisa O’Donnell: “Remove Confederate Statue or Face Possible Legal Action, Winston-Salem tells United Daughters of the Confederacy” (2019).

[7] Tom Foreman Jr. and Jonathan Drew: “Confederate Statue Removed from Winston-Salem Courthouse” (2019). Salisbury Post

[8] Jon Greenburg: "Kemp Decries Calls by ‘Radical Left’ to Remove Washington, Jefferson Statues. We Looked For Examples” (2017). Politifact

[9] David A. Graham: “Where Will the Removal of Confederate Monuments Stop?” (2017). The Atlantic

[10] Matt Atkinson: “Jubal Early and the Molding of Confederate Memory” (2016). GettysburgNPS

[11] Caroline E. Janney: “The Lost Cause” (2009). Encyclopedia Virginia

[12] Brad Epperly, Christopher Witko, Ryan Strickler, Paul White: “Rule by Violence, Rule by Law: Lynching, Jim Crow, and the Continuing Evolution of Voter Suppression in the U.S.” (2019). Cambridge University Press

[13] "’Their Own Hotheadedness’: Senator Benjamin R. ‘Pitchfork Ben’ Tillman Justifies Violence Against Southern Blacks.” History Matters

[14] Annie Cooper Burton: The Ku Klux Klan (1916). Warren T. Potter

[15] Codie Eash: "The Pennsylvania Veterans who Opposed Gettysburg’s First Confederate Monument” (2019). Pennsylvania in the Civil War

[16] Noah Caldwell, Audie Cornish: “Where Do Confederate Monuments Go After They Come Down?” (2018). NPR News

[17] “Neo-N@zi Provocations on the Rise in Germany” (2020). Courthouse News Service

We need to talk about race. Why are people angry? Why so upset? Didn't we elect a black president? Pass civil rights laws? Isn't racism illegal now? Three years ago my brother Rob and I co-taught a class that discussed issues of racial injustice. That class turned into a popular podcast episode, which we've now turned into this video. Why are people still angry? Let's take a look at race in America...

Episode 5 of Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking the Lost Cause myths surrounding William Tecumseh Sherman during the American Civil War, including the Atlanta Campaign, the March to the Sea, and the burning of Columbia – and tackling the "slavery would have gone away on its own" thing while we're at it. Surprisingly, Johnny Reb gets in one or two really solid points.

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[1] Charles Royster. The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans (1991). Vintage Civil War Library, Page 127

[2] Nathan Johnson. “Could Slavery Have Died a Peaceful Death?” (2015). Civil Discourse History Blog

[3] John Majewski. Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation (2009). University of North Carolina Press E-Books

[4] Jennifer M. Murray. “Hard War in Virginia During the Civil War” (2010). Encyclopedia Virginia

[5] Stephen Davis. All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign from Peachtree Creek to the City’s Surrender (2017). Savas Beattie, Page 37-38

[6] Royster, Page 95

[7] Royster, Page 117-118

[8] Royster, Page 342

[9] William T. Sherman. Memoirs of General William T. Sherman, Vol. II (1889). Project Gutenberg

[10] Royster, Page 79-82

[11] Royster, Page 34-41

[12] Davis, Page 31, 112

[13] Daniel A. Pollock. “The Battle of Atlanta: History and Remembrance” (2014). SouthernSpaces

[14] Royster, Page 328-329

[15] Royster, Page 5-25

[16] Jeff Wilkinson. “Who Really Burned Columbia During the Civil War?” 2018). The State

[17] Royster, Page 26-27

[18] Royster, Page 346-347

[19] Royster, 388-397

Episode 6 of Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking the Lost Cause myth that tens of thousands of black men served as soldiers in the Confederate army during the American Civil War.

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[1] “Black Confederate Movement ‘Demented’” (2014). AmericanForum

[2] Sam Smith. “Black Confederates: Myth and Legend.” American Battlefield Trust

[3] “25th USCT: The Sable Sons of Uncle Abe.” National Park Service

[4] Justin A. Nystrom. New Orleans After the Civil War (2010). Johns Hopkins Press, Page 20-27

[5] Kevin M. Levin. Searching for Black Confederates (2019). University of North Carolina Press, Page 45

[6] James Parton. General Butler in New Orleans (1864). Mason & Hamlin, Page 516-517

[7] Levin, Page 12-15

[8] Levin, Page 34-35

[9] Myra Chandler Sampson & Kevin M. Levin. “The Loyalty of ‘Heroic Black Confederate’ Silas Chandler” (2012). HistoryNet

[10] Levin, Page 82-83

[11] James G. Hollandsworth, Jr. Looking for Bob: Black Confederate Pensioners After the Civil War (2007). The Journal of Mississippi History, Vol. LXVIX, Page 304-306

[12] Lewis H. Steiner. An Account of the Operations of the U.S. Sanitary Commission During the Campaign in Maryland, September 1862 (1862). Anson D. F. Randolph, Page 19-20

[13] Levin, Page 32-33

[14] Charles Augustus Stevens. Berdan’s United States Sharpshooters in the Army of the Potomac (1892). Price-McGill Company, Page 54-55

[15] Levin, Page 44

[16] Andy Hall. “Frederick Douglass and the ‘N*gro Regiment’ at First Manassas” (2011). Dead Confederates Blog

[17] Jaime Amanda Martinez. “Black Confederates” (2018). Encyclopedia Virginia

[18] Levin, Page 58-61

[19] Levin, Page 39

[20] Levin, Page 46

Episode 7 of Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking Lost Cause myths – as well as more benign common misconceptions – about the military leadership of the Civil War. Did the South really have all the best battlefield talent? Was the key to Union victory a simple strategy of overwhelming the Confederate army with numbers and resources? Who was better at their job, Ulysses S. Grant or Robert E. Lee?

I'd say watch and find out, but the answer is obviously Grant.

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[1] Andy Hall. “With One Hand Tied Behind its Back” (2013). Dead Confederates Blog

[2] G.S. Boritt. Why the Confederacy Lost (1992). Oxford University Press, Page 39-40

[3] Richard E. Beringer. Why the South Lost the Civil War (1986). University of Georgia Press, Page 8-24

[4] Borritt, Page 24-30

[5] Charles Royster. The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans (1991). Vintage Civil War Library, Page 76

[6] “Lincoln’s Unsent Letter to General Meade.” American Battlefield Trust

[7] Eric J. Wittenberg. “A Civil War Witch Hunt: George Gordon Meade, The Retreat from Gettysburg, and the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War” (2015). Emerging Civil War Blog

[8] Report of the Joint Select Committee Appointed to Inquire into the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States, so Far as Regards the Execution of Laws, and the Safety of the Lives and Property of the Citizens of the United States and Testimony Taken (1872).;view=fulltext

[9] Andy Hall. “Nathan Bedford Forrest Joins the Kl@n” (2011). Dead Confederates Blog

[10] Andy Hall. “Confederate Veterans on Forrest: ‘Unworthy of a Southern Gentleman’ (2013). Dead Confederates Blog

[11] Edward Bonekemper. Ulysses S. Grant: A Victor, Not a Butcher (2004). Regnery History, Page 89-92

[12] Mary Boykin Chestnut. A Diary of Dixie (1905). D. Appleton and Company, Page 350

[13] Ernest B. Ferguson. “Catching Up With ‘Old Slow Trot’” (2007). Smithsonian Magazine

[14] Bonekemper, Page xii

[15] Bonekemper, Page 308-309

[16] Bonekemper, Page 192-193

[17] Bonekemper, Page 201-203

[18] Justin D. Murphy. American Civil War: Interpreting Conflict Through Primary Documents, Vol. II (2019). ABC-CLIO, Page 331

[19] Bonekemper, Page 121 & 243-245

[20] Elizabeth Brown Pryor. Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through his Private Letters (2008) Penguin Books, Page 335

[21] Sean Kane. Myths and Misunderstandings: Grant as a Slaveholder (2017). The American Civil War Museum

[22] “Letter from Robert E. Lee to Mary Randolph Custis Lee (December 27, 1856).” Encylopedia Virginia

[23] Pryor, Page 144-150

[24] “Ulysses S. Grant and General Orders No. 11” National Park Service

Episode 8 of Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking the Lost Cause myth that the South seceded because of states' rights.

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[1] South Carolina General Assembly. “Debates Which Arose in the House of Representatives of South Carolina on the Constitution Framed for the United States” (1831). Printed by A. E. Miller, Page 19-32

[2] Isaac Makos. “Shays’ Rebellion” (2021). American Battlefield Trust

[3] “The Federalist Number 45, 26 January 1788.” Founders Online, National Archives

[4] “From James Madison to Alexander Hamilton, 20 July 1788.” Founders Online, National Archives

[5] Robert E. Bonner. Mastering America: Southern Slaveholders and the Crisis of American Nationhood (2009). Cambridge University Press, Page 41-55

[6] Robert Pierce Forbes. The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America (2007). University of North Carolina Press, Page 38-58

[7] Kathleen Thompson. “When Did Slavery Really End in the North?” (2017). Civil Discourse: A Civil War Era Blog

[8] Bonner, Page 58-61

[9] “Amendments Proposed in Congress by Senator John J. Crittenden” (1860). Avalon Project, Lillian Goldman Law Library

[10] Wilson Lumpkin, Wymberley Jones De Renne. The Removal of the Cherokee Indians From Georgia, Volume I (1907). Dodd, Mead & Company, Page 45-47

[11] Harold D. Moser, David R. Hoth, & George H. Hoemann. The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume IV, 1816-1820 (1994). University of Tennessee Press, Page 95

[12] Joshua A. Lynn. Preserving the White Man’s Republic: Jacksonian Democracy, Race, and the Transformation of American Conservatism (2019). University of Virginia Press, Page 2-14

[13] “President Andrew Jackson’s Message to Congress on ‘Indian Removal’” (1830). National Archives

[14] Lynn, Page 26-27

[15] Gerhard Peters & John T. Woolley. “Andrew Jackson, Seventh Annual Message Online.” The American Presidency Project

[16] Bonner, Page 223-228

[17] George Fitzhugh. “The Revolutions of 1776 and 1861 Contrasted” (1863). Southern Literary Messenger #37 [Nov-Dec 1863], Page 718-722

[18] Bonner, Page 264-269

[19] James Henley Thornwell. The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell (1871-73). Presbyterian Committee of Publication, Page 551

Episode 9 of Checkmate, Lincolnites! Exploring the Lost Cause Myth's origins in the post-war histories of the white South, and tracing the evolution of Civil War memory over the centuries. Meanwhile, your favorite dimension-straddling occult archaeologist emerges from the shadows to enact his most diabolical plan yet.

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[1] James McPherson. For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War (1997). Oxford University Press, Page 19-20

[2] McPherson, Page 107-109

[3] Hugh McKee. The McKee Letters 1859-1880: Correspondence of a Georgia Farm Family During the Civil War and Reconstruction (2001). Boyd Publishing Company, Page 40

[4] Sam R. Watkins. Company Aytch: A Side Show of the Big Show (1985 Edition). Macmillan Publishing Company, Page 22

[5] Gary Gallagher & Alan T. Nolan. The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History (2000). Indiana University Press, Page 13-15

[6] Alexander Stephens. A Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States (1868). The National Publishing Company, Appendix G

[7] Charles Reagan Wilson. Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920 (2009 Edition). University of Georgia Press, Page 62-63

[8] Robert M. T. Hunter. “Southern Historical Society Papers” (January 1876), Vol. 1 No. 1

[9] Gallagher & Nolan, Page 38-40

[10] Gallagher & Nolan, Page 129-144

[11] Wilson, Page 82

[12] Wilson, Page 133

[13] Wilson, Page 24-33

[14] Gallagher & Nolan, Page 89-103

[15] Wilson, Page 125, 141-143

[16] Gallagher & Nolan, Page 28

~Guest Starring~

Chud . . . Karl Kasarda

The Mummy of Jefferson Davis . . . Matthew Rigdon

Episode 10 of Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking Lost Cause myths about the secession of the southern states and the infamous Cornerstone Speech. Meanwhile, an unlikely team of heroes unites to fight a skeleton army of undead Confederates in a heart-stopping final battle, with the soul of America at stake.

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[1] James W. Loewen & Edward H. Sebesta. The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader (2010). University Press of Mississippi, 111-147

[2] “Address of Hon. John S. Preston, Commissioner from South Carolina, to the Convention of Virginia, February 19, 1861: Electronic Edition” (2000). Documenting the American South

[3] Charles B. Dew. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War (2016 Edition). University of Virginia Press, Page 68-73

[4] Dew, Page 52, 120-123

[5] Dew, Page 27-30

[6] Loewen & Sebesta, Page 153-166

[7] Keith Hébert. The Cornerstone of the Confederacy: Alexander Stephens and the Speech That Defined the Lost Cause (2021). University of Tennessee Press, Page 1-3, 39-41

[8] Hébert, Page 33-44

[9] James D. Richardson. A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Confederacy: Including the Diplomatic Correspondence, 1861-1865 (1906). United States Publishing Company, Page 67-68

[10] Dew, Page 56