Ben Cleary, author of Searching for Stonewall Jackson, will be at the American Civil War Museum–Historic Tredegar next Thursday with Evans Hopkins at 6PM to discuss Cleary's book and how we represent and interpret history going forward. We caught up with Cleary and asked him about his work and his influences.
Dr. Karen L. Cox is our next featured Book Talk author on Thursday, August 1 at 6 PM. While recent events have focused on the United Daughters of the Confederacy's monument building efforts in the early 20th Century, Dr. Karen Cox argues that the Daughters had a far-reaching agenda with implications for race relations that are still with us today.
Make plans to join us for a book talk this Saturday with John Reeves. In his book, The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee, Reeves tells the story of the forgotten legal and moral case that was made against the Confederate general after the Civil War. The actual indictment went missing for 72 years. Over the past 150 years, the indictment against Lee after the War has both literally and figuratively disappeared from our national consciousness. The talk is included with Museum admission. Mr.
There is always more to explore when it comes to history--historians ask new questions and find new sources every day. If you’re new to teaching the Civil War era or approaching it with your own children and feel unprepared, here are some great books that provide information about slavery, the Civil War, and its legacies, as well as how to talk about these complicated topics with children.
Compiled by the staff at the American Civil War Museum
We know how difficult it can be to talk about issues like slavery and the Civil War with children: how do you make such a complicated topic simple enough for a 5 year old to understand--without making it seem better than it was?
The plight of refugees has been in the news a lot since the November presidential election. The phenomenon is not new, however. People have been displaced through disaster and war for millennia. The American Civil War was no exception.
Our guest blogger, historian David Silkenat, provided a glimpse into the story of one such refugee.