Tag 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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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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Kill General Lee: A Yankee Officer Opposes Reconciliation

We’ve all heard the simplified story. Confederate veterans roll up their battle flags at Appomattox and Robert E. Lee charges them with being good citizens as they return to the United States. Impressed by this act of good faith and … Continue reading

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Emerging Scholar Heath Anderson

As part of our partnership with the American Civil War Museum in Richmond and Civil War Monitor, we’re pleased to introduce the next of our “Emerging Scholars,” Heath Anderson. Heath will be presenting his work at the museum’s Grand Opening May 4. Selectively Remembered: … Continue reading

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Hiram Revels and Blanche Bruce: America’s First Black Senators

On February 25, 1870, visitors in the U.S. Senate gallery burst into applause when the new Republican senator from Mississippi entered the chamber. This man was no ordinary senator. He was Hiram R. Revels, and he was the first African … Continue reading

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The Confederate Veteran and the Serial Killer

Most of New Orleans stands on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Today, the opposite side – a collection of suburbs – is known as the West Bank. However, for a long time it had the reputation as a  … Continue reading

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John William Jones: Historian of the Confederacy

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Christopher Martin to share Part 2 of his research on John William Jones. (Find Part 1 here) One of the least well known figures in the history of Confederate monument making was John William … Continue reading

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