Category Archives: Reconstruction

The Hero & The Ghost: An Account of a Divided Family

ECW welcomes David T. Dixon When the Civil War splits a Georgia family, a returning veteran secures his legacy and helps to bury shameful secrets for future generations… Connor Wright remembered that he was eleven years old when he watched … Continue reading

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The 15th: An Emerging Amendment?

It’s been 150 years since the ratification of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution on February 3, 1870. Sometimes labelled as the last of the “Reconstruction Amendments,” this change to the law of the land ensured the voting … Continue reading

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Additional Podcast Resources: “Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment”

Did you listen to last week’s recorded conversation with Chris Mackowski and Emma Murphy about the history of impeachment, reconstruction, and the 17th President of the United States? (This recording is available to all subscribers at the “NCO Rank” on … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast “Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment” Is Now Available

What can we learn about impeachment from President Andrew Johnson? This week on the Emerging Civil War Podcast, Chris Mackowski talks with historian Emma Murphy from the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. This recording is available to all subscribers at … Continue reading

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Do We Still Care About The Civil War: Sarah Kay Bierle

The cover story of the newest issue of Civil War Times asks, “Do we still care about the Civil War?” ECW is pleased to partner with Civil War Times to extend the conversation here on the blog. Anyone notice the … Continue reading

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Do We Still Care About the Civil War: Paige Gibbons Backus

The cover story of the newest issue of Civil War Times asks, “Do we still care about the Civil War?” ECW is pleased to partner with Civil War Times to extend the conversation here on the blog. Do we still … Continue reading

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Do We Still Care About the Civil War: Dwight Hughes

The cover story of the newest issue of Civil War Times asks, “Do we still care about the Civil War?” ECW is pleased to partner with Civil War Times to extend the conversation here on the blog. The Civil War … Continue reading

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Yellow Fever and Reconciliation

Among the historical memories that still haunt New Orleans are those of the Yellow Fever outbreaks of the 1800s. As a descendant of Irishmen, who suffered disproportionately from the disease, I heard my grandmother speak of the last few outbreaks … Continue reading

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The Significance of June 19 in the Civil War Era—and Beyond

Amidst seemingly constant reminders that genuine equality for all in the United States remains elusive, it is worth remembering that today, June 19, has repeatedly been a momentous one for the cause of American freedom—particularly with regard to race.  While … Continue reading

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A Saintly Civil War Veteran: Brother Joseph Dutton

By the age of 40, former Union lieutenant Ira Barnes Dutton felt disgusted with how he had spent most of his twenties and thirties in sin. To atone for these misdeeds, he decided to devote his remaining years to helping … Continue reading

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