[Hat-Tip to Chapati Mystery, Cliopatria, and Progressive Historians]
I’ve been on Facebook now for about 2 months and I am enjoying it immensely. I’ve connected with some old college friends and students that I taught in Alabama back in the late 90s; more recently, I watched as my school used Facebook as a way to mourn the passing of one of our students. This year I am encouraging my students to start groups for my classes.
Blogging has put me in touch with a wide range of Civil War enthusiasts and I’ve learned a great deal from their responses to my postings. Unfortunately, the rate at which I post hinders the continuation of discussions in the comments section. My policy of limited control over the comments also means that a certain percentage of responses are either incoherent or ill-informed. This group is designed to address those concerns. The Discussion Board will make it easier to continue conversations over longer periods of time as well as raise other issues that are deemed to be worthy of discussion. To guarantee a certain level of sophistication I decided to set this space up as a closed group which means you will have to apply to be admitted. In my humble opinion most online Discussion Boards are a complete waste of time and a quick perusal of Open Groups related to the Civil War on Facebook have little merit. Once approved for the group you will be able to post pictures and share ideas on the Wall and Discussion Boards. What I like most about this is that it puts my readers in control of the discussion.
Anyway, let’s give it a shot and see what comes of it.