Legacy of the American Civil War at the Library of Virginia

A few months ago I was invited by the Library of Virginia to participate in a panel discussion on the legacy of the American Civil War and the release of the New York Times’s collection of Disunion essays in book form. I think they still thought I lived in Virginia and unfortunately I was unable to attend. They asked for a recommendation and I immediately thought of Robert Moore, who blogs at Cenantua. Given his research interests in Southern Unionism I thought his perspective would add an important perspective, which it did. So glad he was able to make it.

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8 comments… add one
  • Robert Moore Aug 24, 2013 @ 3:54

    Thanks again, Kevin, for referring them to me. I greatly enjoyed the panel discussion.

    • Kevin Levin Aug 24, 2013 @ 6:12

      My pleasure.

    • Kevin Levin Aug 24, 2013 @ 6:24

      BTW, now that you’ve met Clay Risen you should consider writing something for the NYT.

  • Robert Moore Aug 24, 2013 @ 8:33

    I certainly have given it further consideration since the panel, and hope to have something submitted in the near future.

  • Patrick Young Aug 24, 2013 @ 12:39

    Really interesting. Thanks for posting this. I echo the call for using the last two years of the 150th to reach out to underrepresented modern American communities and ethnicities. 50 years ago that might not have been applauded at the Library of Virginia, but I noticed those in the room applauding were still nearly all white.

  • 1864bummer Aug 24, 2013 @ 18:11

    Why is it that those applauding were still nearly all white?

    Bummer

    • Kevin Levin Aug 26, 2013 @ 2:24

      I don’t know, but I don’t think we need to worry ourselves regarding majority white audiences. There is only so much you can do.

  • Patrick Young Aug 25, 2013 @ 14:48

    The greatest commemorative even of the Centennial was King’s speech’s promissory note reference at the Lincoln Memorial and Joan Baez singing “Oh Freedom” that day.

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