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Civil War @ 150

Georgia Barnhill: Prints and Pictorial Ephemera at the Home Front during the Civil War

In this 48 minute podcast Georgia Barnhill, Curator of Graphic Arts Emerita at American Antiquarian Society, leads a lecture on Civil War ephemera.

Peter H. Wood: Blacks in the Civil War through the Eyes of Winslow Homer

In this fifty minute talk, Peter H. Wood does an in depth analysis of the little-known early Winslow Homer painting, Before Andersonville, which depicts an African-American woman foregrounding Union soldiers who are being marched off to the infamous Georgia prison during the Civil War.

Cynthia Mills: Civil War Monuments

In this forty-five minute talk, Cynthia Mills traces the arc of Civil War commemorative public sculptures, describes the similarities and differences between Northern and Southern monuments, and discusses the continued interest in and uses of these public monuments.

Martha Sandweiss: Is There Anything More to See?

In this thirteen minute presentation, historian Martha Sandweiss challenges assumptions and some of the uses of Civil War photographs as historical documents. Although biased, unreliable, and unrepresentative, the images are mostly used as illustrations of events. .

Anthony Lee: Is There Anything More to See?

In this 15 minute talk, art historian, curator, and photographer Anthony Lee provocatively examines Civil War era photography by way of one case study. The discovery, in June 2010, of a supposedly rare carte-de-visite depicting two African-American boys began a contentious ordeal over the monetary and historic value of the artifact

Mary Niall Mitchell: Is There Anything More to See?

Historian Mary Niall Mitchell uses less known and difficult to understand photographs to discuss the use of photography as propaganda during the Civil War.

Civil War Photography on the Battlefront and on the Homefront

In this hour-long presentation, Anthony Lee talks about the broad range and types of photographs taken during the American Civil War and ponders why some have received so much more attention than others

Deborah Willis: Is There Anything More to See?

Professor, curator, photographer Deborah Willis discusses the pictorial record and a "new memory of photography."

Scott Reynolds Nelson: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Historian Scott Reynolds Nelson presents three rarely explored aspects of the Civil War.

Gary W. Gallagher: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Historian Gary W. Gallagher discusses the concept of union in the nineteenth century and its importance in the Civil War.

Gregory Downs: Did the Real War Ever Get in the Books?

Historian Gregory Downs (City College of New York, City University of New York) explains the range of scholarly approaches that shape our understanding of the Civil War.

Stephanie McCurry: Did the Real War Ever Get in the Books?

Historian Stephanie McCurry (University of Pennsylvania) explains why understanding the Confederacy from the inside out changes our understanding of the Civil War.

James Oakes: Did the Real War Ever Get in the Books?

Historian James Oakes describes how the interpretation of the Emancipation Proclamation as a turning point in the Civil War has obscured its pre-war origins.

Like It’s Still Going On: A Civil War Sesquicentennial Reading and Discussion [part 1]

In the first part of this two-part panel discussion, held at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, distinguished contemporary American writers Frank Bidart, Vijay Seshadri, and Kevin Young talk about writing about the Civil War 150 years after it began.

Like It’s Still Going On: A Civil War Sesquicentennial Reading and Discussion [part 2]

In the second part of this two-part panel discussion, held at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, distinguished contemporary American writers Frank Bidart, Vijay Seshadri, and Kevin Young talk about writing about the Civil War 150 years after it began.

Stan Deaton: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Stan Deaton (Georgia Historical Society) discusses the challenges his institution is facing when discussing and commemorating the 150 anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

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