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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.

Northampton Abolition Walking Tour – Erastus Hopkins

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Northampton Abolition: Erastus Hopkins Walking Tour and Bruce Laurie Talk

For everyone in or near Western Massachusetts, a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday April 7 is the Steve Strimer Abolition Walking Tour and Bruce Laurie¬†talk focused on Abolitionism in Northampton. Please make it if you can. Steve’s tours are always great … Continue reading

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Battle of Shiloh – April 6-7, 1862

Brooks Simpson has some reflections on Grant’s generalship at the battle of Shiloh, 150 years ago, and while I am no armchair general, and am very reluctant to offer any after-the-fact advice, I think that Brooks’ comments and reflections are … Continue reading

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International Emancipation – 1862

We sometimes forget that emancipation in the United States took place in a context of emancipation throughout the Western Hemisphere. One of the best recent books that invokes this context is Stephanie McCurry‘s _Confederate Reckoning_, which I highly recommend. In … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Assassination April 4, 1968

On this day, April 4 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennesse. This must surely be seen as one of the last acts of the Civil War, and the white Southern resistance to Reconstruction, and equal rights for … Continue reading

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Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial

This looks like an interesting collection of essays on the sesquicentennial, though a little steep at $40, though there is a paperback edition at $25, still a little steep. It appears to use Robert Penn Warren’s _The Legacy of the … Continue reading

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“Dixie”: Disunion Blog – NY Times

There is an interesting article at the NY Times’ Civil War blog, “Disunion,” this morning on the writing and acceptance in the South, as its “anthem,” of the song “Dixie,” ironically written by a Northerner, Daniel Decatur Emmett:¬†“In a New … Continue reading

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Resisting Emancipation in Washington, D.C. – Donald Shaffer

One of my favorite CW blogs is Donald Shaffer’s “Civil War Emancipation.” What I like about his blog is that his posts about the war parallel the current date. Today he writes about emancipation in Washington, D.C.: “As March ended … Continue reading

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Hunter Wallace – The Persistence of Racism, cont.

Update 3/21: I have reconsidered my decisison to not post comments from the crowd at “Occidental Dissent,” and decided that they reveal themselves through their words, and so will decide on a case by case basis whether or not to … Continue reading

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Erastus Hopkins Walking Tour in Northampton

These walking tours are great events, and Steve Strimer does an excellent job of tying local history to national events/history.

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