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Rage Militaire

It is incredibly difficult to think of a moment that made me want to fight and die for my country. As a liberal arts student at a liberal arts college, I had casual conversations with friends, perhaps late at night

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fascinated with pro-slavery thought

    I was mucking about with Tagxedo… I am fascinated with pro-slavery thought. My younger self believed the planter class lived in a sad state of denial, not knowing the wrongs they committed. A bit later, I wondered at

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Civil War Diaries and Local History

I’m still being overwhelmed by all of the resources available. Yesterday evening, I traveled to our public library (to pick up Professor Pinsker’s book, Lincoln’s Sanctuary) and I was greeted by a sign inviting me to attend a dedication ceremony

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A Historical Research “How To”

I was very impressed by the highly recommended, student film on Henry Spradley.  I admire this film for two reasons. One, for the quality of the storytelling, and two, for the way in which it documents the realities and rewards

Posted in Digital Storytelling, Discussion, Primary Sources

signing statements and executive orders

Matt talked about signing statements. The American Presidency Project tracks signing statements from Hoover through Obama, as well as executive orders back to 1826 (Ironically, or not, the year Jefferson died. His was one of the most eloquent voices cautioning against

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Have you written your story?

For the past few days I have been thinking ahout Catherine Clinton’s guest lecture on Harriet Tubman.  In the beginning of the lecture Catherine indicated that her research proved to be challenging because Harriet Tubman didn’t leave a diary. She

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War as an Instrument of Policy

McPherson’s talk on Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief is fascinating. I hear frequently about presidents learning and improving on the job, most notably Barack Obama’s apparently increased confidence/competence in regards to foreign policy. This Washington Post editorial is just one of many

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Civil War Jim

I’ve kept a folder on my computer for years entitled “family archives” where I’ve collected scanned news articles, obituaries, photos and census data. It’s the modern version of an old binder my father keeps of yellowed newspaper articles and handwritten

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Sullivan Ballou Letter

I truly love this haunting letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife just one week before he was killed at the First Battle of Bull Run.  So interesting and beautiful to see how it is represented in a word

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For Cause and…

While reading For Cause and Comrades , the issue of social class and education was raised  to which McPherson states the correlation ” should not be discounted”. Implied is that those with a better education and higher social status tended to

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