Last month I gave a talk to the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table in which I offered an assessment of the first full year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial celebrations and commemoration.  I decided to work on it a bit more and I am pleased to share it with you in The Atlantic.  It looks like I will be writing for The Atlantic on a fairly regular basis as long as my schedule can accommodate it.  Last week’s review of the Gingrich novel was a huge success.  It led to an interview on public radio, but most importantly, it is connecting me to a much broader audience.  Thanks again to Jenni Rothenberg at The Atlantic, who has been an absolute pleasure to work with.

15 thoughts on “Not Your Grandfather’s Civil War Commemoration

  1. Great stuff, Kevin! Now two of (I’d say) the four or five best people writing online (or anywhere else) these days about American history, memory, race, and more are both at _The Atlantic_!

    Ben

    1. Thanks, Ben. I really do appreciate that. The Atlantic is one of my favorite publications and I can’t tell you how exciting it is to be included.

  2. Good for you Kevin. I’ve long considered Atlantic to be the best US magazine and this is quite the feather in your cap.
    Congrats indeed

  3. Great. Very important for the public to understand that this commemoration is not all moonlight and magnolias, swords and cannons. I work primarily with Latinos and Asian immigrants and the folks I speak to are fascinated about the way the war remade citizenship, but not so interested in what Jackson said the night he was shot.

    1. That sounds like very interesting work. I will be taking part in a teacher workshop this summer that will focus on how to teach the Civil War to minorities and at-risk students. I would love to hear more about how you approach your audience.

  4. And you are joining a long list of distinguished Civl War era writers in the best magazine in the Country! Congratulations!

  5. Kevin,

    Congratulations on your news from The Atlantic! It’s wonderful that you’ll be expanding your audience.

    Martha

  6. For what it’s worth..

    Excellent piece of work..

    Article captures the mood of our times..

    Perhaps Gone With the Wind..

    Is going with the wind..

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