It seemed appropriate to be perusing McPherson’s essays on American history this Independence Day. This week, you should be reading the chapters “Race and Class in the Crucible of War,” and “The Glory Story.” The first essay uses three interesting case studies to discuss potential categories of analysis for examining the social history of the war, with some surprising conclusions. In “The Glory Story,” McPherson asks and answers the question as to whether movies can and should teach history. As long as there are no familial objections to an R film in this case, I highly recommend the film Glory. McPherson discusses what the film got right and wrong, and why it has value.