Disunion: Commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial

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Disunion: Commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial

Disunion: Commemorating the Civil War SesquicentennialAre you searching for more Civil War information? Disunion: Commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial is a blog the New York Times has started to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Disunion that revisits events on or close to their anniversaries 150 years ago, post by post.

The blog’s intro reads:

“One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period – using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.”

Jamie Malanowski, who has been an editor at Time, Esquire and Spy, writes the entries.

I didn’t have an ancestor in this country before 1882, but my husband’s family is filled with soldiers who served and in some cases, became casualties of the Civil War. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to follow Disunion this coming year to gain a better understanding of the war’s causes and events.

If you’d like to play catch-up, the Disunion blog archives are located here.

Disunion: Commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial

After four years of stellar blog posts, Disunion concluded (although fortunately it is all still available online).

In April 2011, the editors of Disunion, The New York Times’s series on the Civil War, convened a panel of historians to mark the 150th anniversary of the Confederate assault on Fort Sumter and the onset of the four-year conflict. Before a sold-out audience at the Times Center in New York City, the panelists – David Blight, Ken Burns, Adam Goodheart and Jamie Malanowski – discussed the origins of the conflict, the role of slavery and the immense challenges facing a still-new president.

Four years later, with the anniversary of Appomattox behind us, The Times has reconvened the same panelists – virtually, this time – to bring the series to a close. Using questions posed by readers and Facebook fans, Disunion asked them to consider the meaning of the war, its consequences and its legacy.

To read their concluding answers, click here.

Did Disunion: Commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial help your Civil War genealogy research?

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine’s “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

2 Comments

  1. Nolichucky Roots 1 January 2011 at 7:58 AM - Reply

    GREAT link, SJ. Thank you.

  2. Lisa Swanson Ellam 1 January 2011 at 8:17 AM - Reply

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention! Many of my ancestors served in the Civil War and it’s become my newest obsession. Off to get caught up with Disunion!

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