Civil War Sesquicentennial

Ani DiFranco's recent cancellation of a workshop/performance at Nottoway Plantation in Louisiana has raised the question of whether it is appropriate to hold certain types of events at these sites. [Click here for a thoughtful response from Nicholas Redding.] In Salon, Koa Beck goes after plantation homes that open their doors to weddings: Just as [...]

Back in November Waite Rawls and Christy Coleman announced a planned merger between Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy and American Civil War Center. In an interview with Civil War News Rawls discussed what it means for the MOC and alluded to some of the controversy surrounding the decision: “Will all our members support what we [...]

Here is Sanitation Department chaplain, Reverend Fred Lucas's invocation at New York City Mayor de Blasio's inauguration on January 1. I honestly don't know what I think of it. Most of the commentary that I've read gives me very little to think about, though I did find Greg Downs's opinion piece to be helpful. May [...]

Today is the 150th anniversary of General Patrick Cleburne's proposal to enlist slaves into the Confederate army. It's an extraordinary document, in term of what it says and - in light of the continued influence of the black Confederate myth - what it does not say. The Civil War Trust has made the text of [...]

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