Please complete the following assignment in time for class on Friday, January 14. Please be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section below, and also be prepared to discuss these readings in class.
Thread 3: Civil War Memory & Commemoration
Assignment: Read the following online documents and respond to the questions below.
Katharine Q. Seelye, Celebrating Secession Without Slaves
Seelye presents a good, cogent overview of the most recent controversy surrounding the observance of the Civil War sesquicentennial. What is your impression of the competing perspectives she outlines? Do you think that they are influenced by present-day politics? If so, how?
E. J. Dionne, Getting the Story of the Civil War Right
What are the Dionne’s major points? How do they compare to the NPS’ as represented by Dr. Sutton’s article that you read in Part 1 of this assignment?
Be sure to scroll through the comments that follow Dionne’s article. Judging only the demographic of those who choose to respond online to newspaper articles such as this one — and in light of Seelye’s article — how would you describe the reception to Dionne’s article? Is this surprising to you? Why or why not? What, if anything, do these comments tell you about approaches to our project?