Category Archives: 160th Anniversary

Question of the Week: 1/11-1/17/21

In the free, newly released podcast, there was a discussion about what events are seen as the start of the American Civil War in 1860-1861. What event and date do you consider as the start of the Civil War? Why?

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The Secession of Mississippi

January 9, 2020, is the 160th anniversary of the secession of Mississippi Named for war hero Andrew Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi, was founded in 1821 at the intersection of the Natchez Trace and the Pearl River. Jackson himself had come through … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: A Podcast Conversation

In a chat recorded in December 2020, Chris Mackowski, Cecily Nelson Zander, Kevin Pawlak, and Sarah Kay Bierle discussed reflections on the last ten year in personal exploration of history and changes in the history field. From the beginning of … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: “Reassessment”

ECW welcomes Chris K. Howland, the Editor of America’s Civil War Magazine “Celebration” and “Glory” were prominent buzzwords when we embarked on the Civil War Sesquicentennial in 2011, and although the resulting four-year period probably didn’t live up to the … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: How To Spell Sesquicentennial? (And Much More)

Ten years ago? I was sitting in California (actually still in high school in 2011) snickering at the word Sesquicentennial, which I think I called an “eye-chart” and never could quite spell correctly. But secretly…I was jealous. I read the … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Pondering Usable History

If but for a missing license plate, state police might not have caught Timothy McVeigh, or at least not soon after the crime. At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Primary Sources and Accessibility

What have we learned since the Sesquicentennial? My answer is best divided into personal revelations and broader implications, but they tie together. For me, I’ve learned just about everything. Not EVERYTHING, of course, but basically everything that I know now … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Still A Lot of Work to Do

It seems kind of surreal that ten years have already passed since the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. As we lace up our skates to embark on the 160th cycle, as it were, it’s a good question to ask: … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Civil War Round Tables – Decay or Development

Mike Movius, President CWRT Congress, shares his perspective on the last 10 years. One of the most startling things that we learned since the 150th sesquicentennial is that over seventy Civil War Round Tables (CWRTs) have closed their doors and … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Keep the Fire Alive for the Civil War

On April 12, 2011, I was sitting in my high school Civil War & Reconstruction course, just listening to my teacher talk to us about the significance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Early in the ‘Civil War … Continue reading

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