Does the Civil War still matter to America in 2019? That’s the question Civil War Times asks in its latest issue, hitting mailboxes this week. Emerging Civil War is pleased to partner with Civil War Times to extend the conversation beyond the magazine and into the blogosphere.
Beginning next week, ECW’s historians will tackle the question posed by the cover story of the December 2019 issue of Civil War Times: “Do we still care? The Civil War in a Changing America.”
Civil War Times editor Dana Shoaf will join us for the conversation with a post of his own.
Check out the hard-copy of the magazine to hear from twenty historians, including our own Lee White and our good friends Drew Gruber and Steve Phan, as well as such luminaries as Jim Lighthizer, William C. “Jack” Davis, Megan Kate Nelson, and Gary Gallagher–twenty great voices in all. (And look for a cameo appearance by our own Dan Welch in his NPS capacity!)
As a sidebar to the magazine’s main article, there’s an insightful piece by John Hennessy, chief historian and chief of interpretation at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, that responds to a May 2019 Wall Street Journal article about declining visitation at Civil War sites.
With all that food for thought to whet your appetite, join us beginning on Monday for a series here at ECW that picks up the conversation from the front lines (and “online”) of public history. We’ll invite you to share your own thoughts, too!
(P.S. The Dec. 2019 issue of Civil War Times also features a great piece by ECW’s Kevin Pawlak titled “General Discord: Were Union Commanders Mad at Each Other During the 1862 Maryland Campaign.” Check it out!)