Category Archives: Civil War in Pop Culture

Question of the Week: 8/29-9/4/22

Yesterday was Mort Künstler’s 95th birthday. Happy birthday, Mort! Many of us have Mort’s prints, Civil War and otherwise. What’s your favorite?

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ECW Weekender: A New Theater Musical Reviewed:American Prophet: Frederick Douglass in His Own Words

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Doug Ullman, Jr. Despite being one of the most important periods in American History, the Civil War has not yet inspired a truly great Broadway musical. There have been attempts, to be sure, … Continue reading

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What If…Civil War “Epics” Hadn’t Been Filmed?

During Garry Adelman’s keynote presentation at the ECW Symposium last weekend, he briefly mentioned a “what if” point that I had been thinking about for a few weeks. It’s kind of fun when that happens because it’s like confirmation that … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: History at Sunset at FredSpot

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has brought back its popular “History at Sunset” programs for the late summer and early fall. Unlike in past years, the programs are NOT all on Friday evenings. Also, they’ll run bi-weekly instead of … Continue reading

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Pap Greene, David Ireland, and Little Round Top

Every Gettysburg fan with even just a passing knowledge of the battle knows the story of Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the 20th Maine on Little Round Top. Those with a deeper understanding of the battle know that an equally … Continue reading

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Jayhawks, Mount Oread, Legends, and Lore: The University of Kansas and Its Deep Civil War Ties

From the famous rivalry with the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) dubbed the “Border War” to the unique Jayhawk mascot, the University of Kansas (KU) has some of the most interesting traditions, mascot, and lore of all American universities. At any … Continue reading

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Birth of a [Racist] Nation

It’s human nature for people to gravitate toward stories and media that line up with their perceptions of themselves, their communities, and their interpretation of history. Those stories then pass into popular consciousness, becoming part of the identity of the … Continue reading

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Baseball: The Confederacy’s “National Pastime”

ECW welcomes back guest author Bruce Allardice Baseball has often been termed America’s “National Pastime.” But the game was the Confederacy’s “National Pastime” as well. The hoary myth that Confederate soldiers learned the game from their northern counterparts needs to … Continue reading

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John Reynolds is Just Dandy

During a recent stay in Gettysburg, as I walked down the stairwell from the third floor, I came across an interesting painting hanging over one of the landings. Here’s a portion of the picture:

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Echoes of Reconstruction: Black History Month and the Erasure of Black History

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog I remember taking my kids to visit Stone Mountain in Georgia around 1991. At the time, the “park” was a sort of Confederate Disneyland that mixed faux Civil … Continue reading

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