Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Civil War Era America

via Library of Congress

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Over the next few years national historic landmarks, museums, and cities will be celebrating the great victories and ideals of the 1850's and 60's.

via Library of Congress
The Civil War is not only being celebrated this year but it is part of our daily cultural dialogue. The war is still part of many American's daily lives and it continues to shape how we view each other and our history. On a regular basis one can see Civil War battle reinactments at Fort Sumner, in Gettysburg, and other important sights. The North and the South (especially) still struggle with stereotypes and their identities. Most importantly, the nation is still recovering from slavery, emancipation, and the messy polictical aftermath. It wasn't until 100 years after the war, during the Civil Rights Movement, that minorities were starting to get recognized as equal citizens.
So, in honor of the 150th Anniversary, this week we are traveling through time to visit some key moments of this time and see how they are still influencing us today. Stay tuned!

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