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About marcferguson

I teach history, including the American Civil War Era, as an Adjunct at American International College in Springfield, Ma. I also teach survey courses in U.S. history, Western Civilization, and World History, and have taught at other area colleges, including the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Holyoke Community College. While my academic background is in European History, my interest in the American Civil War began about a decade ago. Other areas of interest include Modernism, 20th century World Thought and Culture, The Rise of the West after 1400, 19th c. American Society and Culture, Central and Eastern European History and Culture, and Local History. I have in recent years cut back my teaching drastically in order to devote more time raising my kids (15 year old twins now), including working part-time at their elementary/middle school for the past 6 years, they are now launched and off to High School, and I plan to crank up my involvement in teaching history and local history projects, particularly in light of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.

More on the Black Confederate Myth From Kevin Levin

http://cwmemory.com/2012/06/13/on-the-black-confederate-front-2/ And on Confederate slave pensions from Andy Hall at “Dead Confederates:”

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Slaves in the Confederacy – Civil War Memory

With thanks to Kevin Levin at “Civil War Memory for the following story.” Kevin Levin’s post today, at “Civil War Memory,” discusses honoring the slaves that survived the Confederacy: http://cwmemory.com/2012/06/08/honor-slaves-for-surviving-the-confederacy/

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Dedication Day Ceremony in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Kevin Levin, on his blog at “Civil War Memory,”has a post discussing the revival of a Dedication Day ceremony in Fredericksburg, VA: I am delighted to hear that residents of Fredericksburg, Virginia have resurrected a civic ceremony that was lost … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

There is an interesting blog, called “The Conscious Community” (TCC) that has a couple of posts today about the history of Memorial Day and its origins with the African-American community. Here is how they describe themselves: The Conscious Community (TCC) … Continue reading

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Manning Marable’s New Biography of Malcolm X

On this day, May 19, 1925, Malcolm Little is born in Omaha, NE. <a href="http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=135144230&m=135153421&t=audio“>http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=135144230&m=135153421&t=audio

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More on Robert Smalls from Donald Shaffer, part 3

http://cwemancipation.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/robert-smalls-and-the-escape-of-the-planter-part-3/ http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-civil/civsh-p/planter.htm Andy Hall also has a post on Smalls, on his blog “Dead Confederates” today: http://deadconfederates.com/2012/05/18/to-be-divided-between-robert-smalls-and-his-associates/

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More Confederate Battle Flag Controversy, and Voter Suppression

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