NPS Primary Theme: The Civil War was “the most momentous era in American history” – it defined who we are as a nation, both then and now, and what beliefs we hold “self-evident.”
The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War provides us with the opportunity to not only reflect on the sacrifices our nation made, but to measure the value of freedoms we enjoy today. Abraham Lincoln once wrote “If we could first know where we are, and wither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.” Therein lays the relevancy of history, and of the Civil War sites of the National Park Service. If we can better understand the issues, the trials, the sacrifices, and the struggles that past generations endured, to bring us where we are today, we can better “judge what to do, and how to do it” today, and in the future.
NOTE: Please use the comments section below to chronicle your progress with this theme throughout the remaining weeks of the course. Begin by outlining how your group decided to work with the theme (e.g., assigning one theme to one person or dividing themes up between team members) and then outline in detail, at least once each week, the work that you have done toward crafting your three podcast proposals.