Civil War Memory is Now on Facebook

[Hat-Tip to Chapati Mystery, Cliopatria, and Progressive Historians]

FacebookI’ve been on Facebook now for about 2 months and I am enjoying it immensely.  I’ve connected with some old college friends and students that I taught in Alabama back in the late 90s; more recently, I watched as my school used Facebook as a way to mourn the passing of one of our students.  This year I am encouraging my students to start groups for my classes. 

Blogging has put me in touch with a wide range of Civil War enthusiasts and I’ve learned a great deal from their responses to my postings.  Unfortunately, the rate at which I post hinders the continuation of discussions in the comments section.  My policy of limited control over the comments also means that a certain percentage of responses are either incoherent or ill-informed.  This group is designed to address those concerns.  The Discussion Board will make it easier to continue conversations over longer periods of time as well as raise other issues that are deemed to be worthy of discussion.  To guarantee a certain level of sophistication I decided to set this space up as a closed group which means you will have to apply to be admitted.  In my humble opinion most online Discussion Boards are a complete waste of time and a quick perusal of Open Groups related to the Civil War on Facebook have little merit.  Once approved for the group you will be able to post pictures and share ideas on the Wall and Discussion Boards.  What I like most about this is that it puts my readers in control of the discussion.

Anyway, let’s give it a shot and see what comes of it.

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5 comments… add one
  • Gary Apr 1, 2009 @ 12:55

    The banner on this site can it be used on a Facebook page? Thanks for replying

    • Kevin Levin Apr 1, 2009 @ 13:00

      I know next to nothing about altering the Facebook page. Thanks for clarifying.

  • Gary Apr 1, 2009 @ 12:03

    Ok, can you add your theme to any Facebook site? If anyone knows how I can alter my page please let me know. Thanks

    • Kevin Levin Apr 1, 2009 @ 12:34


      I’m not sure what you are asking.

  • Michael Aubrecht Aug 31, 2007 @ 15:53

    I use the Christian version of this called “Shout Life” and I agree that this medium is coming into its own. I used to disregard ‘profile-type pages’ as simply an arena for kids to trash-talk one another, but the cyber-community and networking capabilities of Facebook is great. I applaud you and any other teacher that recognized the need to incorporate media that appeals to the ‘information-age’ generation.

    Just the other day, I was discussing this with Eric Mink up at the NPS offices and how John Hennessy and the National Park Service is looking at new and exciting ways to generate interest in the Civil War among our youth. The days of 7 year-old buffs bouncing around the battlefield with a fake souvenir musket are gone. Today it’s all about multimedia, interactive kiosks and wireless communications. That is what gets their attention, and we all need to accept that. Your use of Facebook, and the digital realm is an example of going in that direction. Well done.

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