You may think The Civil War ended 151 years ago. I fear it was only in remission.
My nonfiction history, Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South, is now available in paperback. The essays below, in reverse chronological order, grew out of years of research for the book and tie its themes to current events: the enduring weight of the nation's original sin —Negro slavery — as well as the profound affinity between the delusions of secessionists in the 1850s and the rhetoric of Tea Party and Trump supporters today.
07.23.16 6:13 AM ET
The Slave Who Stole the Confederate Codes—and a Rebel Warship
TALES FROM THE TRENCHES
05.08.16 6:45 PM ET
The Confederate Spymaster Sleeping With the Enemy
04.24.16 6:15 AM ET
Texas Secessionists Already Have an Embassy in Paris
12.06.15 2:31 PM ET
The U.S. ‘Right’ to Own Guns Came With the ‘Right’ to Own Slaves
03.20.16 5:01 AM ET
Black Spies in the Confederate White House
09.06.15 6:01 AM ET
Ken Burns’s ‘Civil War’ After Dylann Roof
THE TORN FLAG
08.15.15 6:13 AM ET
Cuba’s Star-Spangled Slavery
The Stars and Stripes, not the Confederate flag, once represented the sordid system of human slavery in Cuba.
07.21.15 7:00 AM ET
Confederates in the Blood
STARS AND BARS
07.14.15 7:10 AM ET
Confederate Madness Then and Now
04.10.15 6:02 PM ET
The Civil War’s Dirty Secret: It Was Always About Slavery
06.22.14 12:45 PM ET
How I Learned to Hate Robert E. Lee
Better Angels and Killer Angels
10 November 2010, Newsweek Online
Obama should realize what Lincoln understood: that there may be better angels
in the nature of some people, but there are others who are willing to weaken, even destroy a nation to serve their own self-righteous self-interest, and they will do it in the name of the Constitution.