Archive for April, 2011

Presidential Proclamation

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/04/12/presidential-proclamation-civil-war-sesquicentennial

This is the link to President Obama’s proclamation to kick off the sesquicentennial. Obviously, it avoids all sensitive issues and essentially just says that everyone who fought in the war was a hero and we are all free now so that is what is important. It also kind of makes it sound like one day the war ended and everything was immediately better and happy. Sort of strange. Anyways, I thought it was interesting because the other day we were discussing the question of would it just be better to sort of gloss over the war and not talk about the issues (NO!) but this definitely does that.

Week 13 Resource

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I actually found this video on one of the blogs I looked at (Civil Warriors).  It is a clip from the Daily Show about the 150th. The guest addresses how the South tries to avoid or deny that slavery was the reason for the war.  It’s pretty hysterical.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-december-9-2010/the-south-s-secession-commemoration

Week 12 Resource

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

For this week I’m including two sources.  The first is the Virginia website listing of scheduled reenactments in Virginia. I love how it comes up as “Virginia Battle Reenactments- Virginia is for lovers.”

http://www.virginia.org/site/features.asp?featureid=167

The next source is a documentary short about civil war reenacting. I think it’s quite awful, but apparently it’s “award-winning.”

Weekly Resource

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/committeeevents_detail.php?Attraction_Name=Inns%20at%20Montpelier%20Civil%20War%20Package,%20April%202011&StartDate=2011-04-10

This is a link to one of the sesquicentennial events posted on the Virginia Civil War website. It reminded of our discussion on Tuesday about people who want the Civil War experience but are not willing to give up personal luxuries or accommodations for it. In this particular event, a B&B is offering an exceptional “Civil War experience” while staying in luxury with fine dining. I don’t really understand how someone can expect to get a real experience while not doing anything even close to being real for the time period, but it seems to work since they get lots of reservations.