Thanks to my editor, Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, for cobbling together an appropriate movie review from my last few posts for my column at the Atlantic. She saved me a couple of hours of work that I don’t have this week. For this historian and history educator, the amount of coverage that this movie has received is incredibly encouraging. I’ve heard from folks from all over the country who have seen the movie and who have reported that audiences applauded at the end. They applauded even in places like Alabama and Mississippi. Let’s face it, the release of this movie will be remembered as the most important event of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. If you are interested in reading more reviews and commentary, I highly recommend Donald Shaffer and Louis Masur.
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