from the restroom in Triple Crossing Beer, Richmond, VA
We all have that first movie, that first book, that took us back in time to the 1860s. We’ve all had an earworm carry us back to yesteryear. I bet we all have a Ken Burns story. We all know Scarlett O’Hara and, frankly, we do give a damn. We all have our favorite on-screen Lincoln. We all know Shelby Foote, and some of us have even read him, and regardless of our feelings about him, we’re all secretly envious of his gravelly Mississippi drawl.
We hope our pop culture series has helped you relive some fond memories. Maybe it’s offered some suggestions for new things to read or watch or listen to. Maybe it’s given you something thought-provoking to consider. Continue reading
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Emerging Civil War would like to welcome back some of our subscribers (a few thousand of them, actually!). In December, we had some behind-the-scenes technical issues that knocked us for a loop for a while. (We are blaming Russian hackers who were trying to influence the election of 1860.)
While our tech issues didn’t affect ECW’s content, it did affect our ability to connect with subscribers. And, of course, in this world of technological wonder, it can be almost impossible to actually speak to a real person by phone, which might’ve allowed us to get this all squared up in about 20 minutes.
Fortunately, our partners at the Childress Agency in Fredericksburg, which provides ECW’s hosting services, were nothing but fantastic through the whole process. Our woes had nothing to do with them, but they nonetheless stepped up and really helped us through. We want to give them a shout-out for all their great service (and especially to our contact, Ata Birol).
So, welcome back, you thousands of people. You’re as good-looking, intelligent, and discerning as ever. We’ve missed you! Continue reading
Kevin Pawlak and Dan Welch had the movie cameras rolling at Antietam battlefield. (Okay, they used their cellphones…but it sounds cooler the other way and we have been talking about Civil War movies…) Continue reading
Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in January at his blog, Maine at War:
January 1, 2020: Help erect the first Maine monument in the Shenandoah Valley.
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is raising funds to erect at Third Winchester a monument to the Maine soldiers who served in the Valley during the Civil War. Join us in making this fund-raising effort a success!
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Tagged Brian Swartz, Fort Hell, Fort Sedgwick, Hannibal Hamlin, John L. Hunter, Joshua L. Chamberlain, Maine at War, Port Hudson, Shenandoah Valley
Alright, having established the novel and movie’s takes on the reports of Gettysburg, let’s talk in more depth about how Gone With The Wind deals with these scenes and how there’s an influence of and influence on pop-culture. Continue reading
For this entire series, I’ve been contemplating what I should write about Gone With The Wind. There’s a lot I’d still like to say that didn’t make it in the essay in Entertaining History. There’s a lot I’m still thinking about even a few years after doing that research writing.
How about the moment when Gettysburg is addressed in Gone With The Wind? That seems like an interesting thought to ponder. We’ll start with the book text, then the movie clip, followed by some thoughts in a second blog post this evening. Continue reading
Welcome back to another installment of our 2020 Emerging Civil War Symposium Spotlight. This week we feature longtime ECW member and woman of many hats within ECW, Sarah Kay Bierle. Continue reading
Is apparel a form of history in pop-culture? I’m going to argue: yes! When I wear my historic 1839 and castled walls emblazed V.M.I. T-Shirt or my favorite Boston Lighthouse swag, I’m proclaiming my love of history to the entire grocery store. Right?
Most historic sites have T-Shirts and other wearables for sale, and in the last few years, I’ve spotted garments with Civil War history showing in classy, odd, grotesque, and humorous logos, portraits, and wording. Now, to be honest, the historical themed T-Shirts in my closet are on the conservative side—maybe even a little boring when compared to some of the edgier stuff also on the market.
So…I decided to do a little internet browsing and see what fantastic apparel is for sale. Commentary for entertainment purposes only, and no offense intended to designers or wearers. Continue reading
15th Amendment (National Archives)
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 rights for all male citizens and gave Congress the power to pass additional legislation to protect and ensure that right. (Voting rights for women came fifty years later in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment.) Continue reading