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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.

Donald Schaffer, on His Blog “Civil War Emncipation” Continues His Discussion on Robert Smalls, part 2

http://cwemancipation.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/robert-smalls-and-the-escape-of-the-planter-part-2/

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Disunion Blog on Hancock During Peninsula Campaign, 1862

The “Disunion Blog” in the New York Times has an article today, by Glenn David Brasher, on the Peninsula Campaign, in particular on Hancock’s direction of his siege guns at Yorktown’s Confederate lines: “By early May 1862, Union general George … Continue reading

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Consequences of Emancipation in the District of Columbia – Donald Shaffer

Donald Shaffer, building on his recent posts about emancipation in D.C., has a new post discussing the consequences of emancipation in the District: “By May 1862, the consequences of emancipation in Washington, D.C. were beginning to become clear. One early … Continue reading

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McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign

In his blog, “Civil War Memory,” Kevin Levin has posted on McClellan’s ill-fated Peninsula Campaign, intended to end the rebellion by capturing Richmond: http://cwmemory.com/2012/05/06/our-struggle-to-commemorate-the-peninsula-campaign/#more-16691

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Jack Kershaw, Southern Hertitage, and Nathan Bedford Forrest

Kevin Levin, on his blog “Civil War Memory,” has a post about Southern Heritage promoter, Nathan Bedford Forrest fan, and “artist,” Jack Kershaw.  “This is for those of you who are interested in the mind and imagination of Jack Kershaw, who … Continue reading

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What Brought About Emancipation – A Plea for Multi-Causality from Donald Shaffer

For a long time, the general wisdom was that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. In recent years the preferred thesis was “self emancipation.” Donald Shaffer on his blog “Civil War Emancipation,” makes a plea for “Multi-causality.” Rather than privileging one cause, … Continue reading

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