Fun With the American Civil War

The official video for Fun’s hit single “Some Nights” has a clear Civil War theme. Here is an alternative take on the song that utilizes scenes from “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals” with a little creative cinematography.

[Uploaded to YouTube, September 8, 2013]

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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4 comments… add one
  • Patrick Young Nov 1, 2013 @ 5:22

    My The Immigrants’ Civil War facebook page folks really liked the original video.

    Part of my problem with those Civil War buffs (and let’s face it, “buffs” is the correct word) who say that the Sesqui has not made it into popular culture the way the Centennial did is that when it appears in a music video like this they pretty much ignore it.

    • Kevin Levin Nov 1, 2013 @ 6:38

      I think an argument can be made that the sesquicentennial is much more deeply embedded that the centennial.

      • Patrick Young Nov 1, 2013 @ 6:47

        At some point, it might be interesting to do a side by side comparison, including numbers of people reached by various methods, so that metrics can be substituted for anecdotal grousing.

        • Kevin Levin Nov 1, 2013 @ 7:13

          That would be a worthwhile study. The social media/technology component is crucial. All too often the folks that go out of their way to make the comparison tend to have experienced the centennial and find the sesquicentennial lacking. It’s anything but objective. A careful study of the sesquicentennial would, in many ways, challenge many of our broad categories of Civil War memory.

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