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Dana Shoaf: How should the country mark the sesquicentennial?

The Sesquicentennial should be a nationwide commemoration of the most pivotal event in our history. Sadly, it doesn¹t seem as though that will be the case. Using the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission as a model, a federal panel could be created to help guide the country and set the tone for a meaningful season of remembrance..

By Dana Shoaf  | November 17, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Harold Holzer: How should the country mark the sesquicentennial?

For all the “romance” of the Civil War -- the brother-against-brother conflicts, the demise of Southern aristocracy -- we need to remember that this was fundamentally a brutal war over a brutal institution -- slavery -- and if we focus on this truth and reflect on it, we will be doing a service not just to the past but to the future...

By Harold Holzer  | November 15, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Waite Rawls: How should the country mark the sesquicentennial?

First, it should not mark it by omission. As we say the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag, we should remember that the war created “one nation indivisible;” it established “freedom for all;” and it advanced the cause of “justice for all.”...

By Waite Rawls  | November 15, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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John Marszalek: How should the country mark the sesquicentennial?

The essence of the Sesquicentennial must be education. Use the opportunity to promulgate the facts about this event, demonstrate its impact on the nation then and now, and show Americans the numerous ways this war affected society, black and white. It was not romantic; it was brutal. But, it did result in the hesitating return to the premise of the equality of all people. It is about time that that truth shine forth.

By John Marszalek  | November 15, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Joan Waugh: How should the country mark the sesquicentennial?

By encompassing and commemorating the whole of the war in its political, military, social, and economic impact...

By Joan Waugh  | November 15, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike Musick: How should the country mark the sesquicentennial?

Military history, for all its problematic aspects, ought not to be banished from our remembrance of what was after all a war. Even a limited number of battle reenactments, if conducted in a restrained, well-controlled setting, can provide useful and even riveting reminders, through glimpses of antiquated tactics and clouds of black powder smoke, of the agonizing spectacle that was one part of a people at war with itself, and an enticement to further study...

By Mike Musick  | November 15, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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David Blight: How should the country mark the sesquicentennial?

In commemorating the Civil War this time at 150, above all, we need to remember Frederick Douglass's reminder that however great and tragic the loss on battlefields (and we need to know and honor the sacrifice), the Civil War was "fought for something beyond the battlefield."...

By David Blight  | November 15, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chandra Manning: How should the country mark the sesquicentennial?

We need to think about not only why the war happened, but what it did and did not change, about what possibilities it created, and did or did not fulfill...

By Chandra Manning  | November 15, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brent Glass: How should the country mark the sesquicentennial?

It is also a time to explore the history of this period beyond the battlefields and to consider issues that have continued to shape life in America long after the end of the war in 1865...

By Brent Glass  | November 15, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Civil War graves found in Washington, D.C., park

A Washington, D.C., park popular with residents of the Adams Morgan neighborhood has soccer fields, a basketball court, a toddler playground, fenced dog run and plenty of green grass and park benches. What many local residents didn’t know was that...

By Linda Wheeler  | November 15, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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