Anyone remotely interested in the Civil War Sesquicentennial can’t help but stand in awe of the work the Virginia commission has done to bring the war to the people of Virginia and the rest of the country. Right now a flatbed truck carrying a Civil War exhibit is traveling around the state and plans to visit every county by the end of its trip. The commission also put together a series of videos on the war in Virginia narrated by Professor James I. Robertson, which it has made available to the public schools. As of the writing of this post it has uploaded five of the modules to YouTube. Here is the first one, titled “The Coming Storm”. I highly recommend these videos for classroom use for both middle school and high school students.
Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission in the Classroom
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History