Monday, May 9, 2011

Article: Public Education and the National Park Service: Interpreting the Civil War


This is an excellent article my sister found about an issue all Civil War historians, as well as the National Park Service, face: how to interpret slavery and its related politics as the root cause of the war. It is baffling that until the late 1990's, the NPS avoided any mention of it as the cause at its Civil War sites (makes me wish I had paid closer attention, as an 8 year old, at my first trip to Gettysburg). And it is still a point of contention to this day, the sesquicentennial.
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