Evaluating the Civil War Sesquicentennial

This is a really good panel discussion on the Civil War Sesquicentennial. I thought the panelists did a great job. This is from the Emerging Civil War conference in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

From the video’s description: “Public historians and authors talked about the obstacles and successes of remembering the Civil War on its 150th anniversary, and how it compared to earlier anniversary celebrations. They described the changes in how parks have interpreted the Civil War era over the years and the challenges in engaging younger generations and minority groups.”



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  1. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Very good presentation. Thanks for sharing. Many great comments. Particularly liked Eric Wittenberg’s description of modern-day neo-Confederate sentiment as “very scary.” Also Kristopher White — that the country is in a far different place now than it was during the Centennial. Those that were involved certainly seem to have done a great job of providing an inclusive version of events and the contributions of USCT, women and others. Although some states such as Ohio did almost nothing, as Dana Shouf noted, the Sesquicentennial was much more sophisticated than the Centennial. If there was less quantity as measured by visitors to battlefields, there certainly was more quality.

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