Category Archives: Reconstruction

Granger’s Juneteenth Orders and the Limiting of Freedom

Juneteenth is recognized as the symbolic end of slavery in the United States. Galveston, Texas, held out as a Confederate stronghold after Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Once occupied by Union forces, Major General Gordon Granger established his headquarters … Continue reading

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Monuments, Mass Demonstrations, Race, and Reconstruction

(Editor’s Note: The conversations we’ve had on the blog this week about monuments, the recent mass demonstrations, and race have caused some readers to ask, “How does this help us better understand the Civil War?” In fact, the mission of … Continue reading

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Free ECW Podcast: “The War Went On”

Check it out! We’ve got another free podcast for you this evening… For Civil War veterans, the war didn’t end just because everyone went home. Chris Mackowski talks with historians Brian Matthew Jordan and Evan Rothera about their new book, The … Continue reading

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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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