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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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How Did the Plantation System Shape Labor and Race Relations through the 1950s?

Here are two videos that explore the Ante-Bellum plantation system, and attempt to make connections with the labor system and race relations in the 1950s American South. [hat tip to Kevin Levin, at his blog "Civil War Memory,"] I think … Continue reading

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Black Confederates, the Internet, and Historical Interpretation

UPDATE: In his post, Kevin also cites Gary Gallagher, from an editorial in “Civil War Times” where Gallagher comments on the black Confederate “controversy,”: FURTHER UPDATE: Historian Donald Shaffer, today on his blog “Civil War Emancipation,” in a post entitled “Amen, Brooks … Continue reading

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Levon Helm dead at 71 of Cancer

Very sad news: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HMXCM5TCrv8 Chicago Tribune  Story What a great musician! Thanks to Andy Hall at his blog “Dead Confederates“

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Confederate Conscription

I am indebted to Kevin Levin for pointing out that today is the 150th anniversary of the use of conscription by the Confederacy. This is the first use of a military draft in America, and I find this deeply ironic … 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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Pete Seeger – “Forever Young”

Pete Seeger covers Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”: http://youtu.be/Ezyd40kJFq0 Thanks to Andy Hall: http://deadconfederates.com/

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Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address 148 Years Ago Today, Sept19, 1863

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing … Continue reading

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Eric Foner Discusses American Freedom at MIT in 2005

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More Than a Thousand Hits

We have had more than eleven hundred hits on the site, and I see this as a significant milestone, especially considering the circumstances in which I find myself; because of my illness I cannot legally drive, and one of the … Continue reading

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