Civil War Memory Needs a New Tagline

UNC Press (2009)

One of my readers reminded me the other day that I am soon going to need a new tagline for Civil War Memory.  He suggested that I make it a contest, which I think is a great idea.  As you know the latter part of, “Reflections of a Civil War Historian and High School History Teacher,” will cease to apply (at least temporarily) come this summer.  So, what should it be?  The contest will be open through next Friday.  My only request is that contestants must be members of the Civil War Memory Facebook Page.  The winner will receive a copy of Aaron Sheehan Dean’s, Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).  Feel free to be as creative as you like.

Thanks for your help.

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18 thoughts on “Civil War Memory Needs a New Tagline

  1. James F. Epperson

    I am tempted to suggest:

    “Reflections of a Civil War Historian & Carpetbagger”

    but that is only in jest. How about reflecting not on *you*, but on what you do here:

    “Reflections on our 150 year fascination with the Civil War”

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  2. Bob Graves

    Kevin,
    No matter where you go or what you do in the future, you are, and always will be, a high school teacher. It’s in your blood, you do a fantastic job at it, and though you may be away from it for awhile, it is a part of you forever. You’ve done great things for your students, for St. Anne’s Belfield, and for all of us loyal readers of your site. Short of perhaps an asterisk explaining your current status to those newcomers to Civil War Memory, I wouldn’t change a thing. Keep up the great work and good luck!

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  3. JMRudy

    Civil War Memory
    Thorn in the Side of Neo-Confederates and other Ne’er Do Wells since 2005

    Or you could just paint a giant target at the top of the blog. Either would have the same effect, methinks.
    :-)

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  4. Scott Manning

    I know some of these are jokes, but I do hope you keep professional and non-aggressive. I think it will serve you better if the fist line on the website does not offend certain visitors.

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      1. Scott Manning

        I figured. Again, I would just go with “Reflections of a Civil War Historian.” It is what you are at the core, as virtually every post on here relates to the Civil War except for those on social media and teaching. As soon as you land your next teaching gig, throw the “& High School History Teacher” back on.

        Another option would be “Reflections of a Civil War Historian and History Teacher.” As someone on here already said, you are still a teacher regardless if you have a position at a school or not.

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  5. R. Alex Raines

    Why not Civil War Memory: Reflections of a Civil War Historian and Teacher? Or Civil War Memory: Reflections of a Civil War Historian and Educator?

    Its fairly clear to me that you teach/educate every person who reads this blog. Maybe you aren’t teaching high school this summer, but you are definitely educating us with every post.

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  6. Jonathan Dresner

    I think “Civil War Historian” really doesn’t capture what you do, and “Reflections of a Civil War Historiographer” would require more explanation than you really want to do in the header. How about something completely different:

    “The path of memory is neither straight nor safe, and we travel down it at our peril.” — Neil Gaiman, Mr. Punch.

    “A country without a memory is a country of madmen.” — George Santayana

    “History is not what you thought. It is what you can remember.” Sellar and Yeatman, 1066 and All That.

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