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I know there’s no need for a resource post this week but my roommate showed me this

http://www.historyteachersattic.com/2011/03/civil-war-alternate-reality-game-in-may/

Seems rather interesting.

Just in today’s Freelance star is this article about a controversial Confederate Soldier monument within the Fredericksburg Area

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2011/042011/04192011/1303241343fls

My friend’s brother works at the Manassas Battlefield and she showed me this it was the April Fools joke for the facebook page. It talks about the Beard Centric View of the war. I’m not sure if you need facebook to see it but it is quite funny.

CNN just posted this article 4 Ways We’re Still Fighting the Civil War. The article points at the parallels between the antebellum period and now. Most of the parallels pointed out in the article deal with the Federal Government. One of the debates that went on in the antebellum period and now is “How much power should the federal government have?”

My first choice as a resource was an episode of Psych where the investigation takes place during/around a Civil War reenactment. This takes place in California… don’t ask me why. If you have netflix instantview you should definitely check it out it’s Season 1 episode 6.

To make up for the fact that I have no link for that I found this article while working on my 299 two years ago. It’s for women who wish to portray Civil War soldiers. It’s quite interesting.

Resource

I figure broadway shows/musicals are like movies so this is my resource for the week. Its a link to the main page for the broadway show called The Civil War.  It has links to videos from the production, as well as a place where you can buy the Original Cast Album or sheet music, if so inclined. The Original run of the show ran for only 61 performances in 1999. There has also been a tour and a production put on in D.C. in 2009. The war is seen portrayed through slave, confederate and yankee points of view. Here’s the wikipedia page for a little bit more info.

Love Me Tender (1956) is a movie about a trio of brothers returning home after the Civil War. The movie began on April 10, 1865 with the Reno brothers and their band of rebels; unaware that Lee had surrendered, attacking a train station that was being guarded by some Federal soldiers. The confederates disguised themselves as the Federals and tricked the officer on the incoming train to give them the payroll. So with money in hand they set off to give the money to their confederate officer until they learned that the war was over and they divided it among everyone and headed home. Vance Reno, the oldest of the brothers, had a sweetheart at home during the four years he was at war. Vance and his brother returned home to find that Cathy, Vance’s sweetheart, had moved in since her parents were killed. She had also married the youngest brother Clint (played by Elvis Presley), who had stayed home during the war, three months previous because she thought Vance dead.

After a couple of days at home it is too painful for Vance to remain there and decides he is going to leave during the fair the next day. However, several Federal men demand the return of the money; and then the three brothers are arrested. At their home some men from the Reno brothers’ regiment ride up and help Clint free Vance and the other two. Vance had been about to agree to return the money. The Confederate men think that Vance has double crossed them (by stealing their share of the money rather than returning it) and Clint thinks that Cathy has run off with Vance. Clint and the Confederates use Cathy to find Vance when he returns to the hiding spot. In a standoff at the end of the movie Clint shoots Vance after being egged on by the Confederates. The Confederates go to look for the money that they think Vance still has, and then shoot Clint who dies from his wounds.

This movie came out almost 100 years after the Civil war. The conflict between the brothers could be used as a metaphor for the Civil War itself. They don’t show much of the war itself, just about 20 minutes or so at the beginning. The one battle shows the romantic view of battle; the Confederates riding in on horses using sabers instead of guns. Although their uniforms aren’t matching they are not worn out in the slightest and look completely neat. Another thing I noticed in the film is that there is not a single African-American character in the movie. Hollywood completely white washed history again.

On a side note, Elvis sang a couple songs in the movie complete with his trademark dancing, not very historically accurate. I tried to find a clip on youtube but they are not available due to copyright infringement.

This week my resource is from Vanderbilt University. They are having a lecture series on their campus about the Civil War because of the 150th anniversary. They have recorded these lectures and they’re quite long (about an hour or more). The first one is on “What is the Meaning of the American Civil War on It’s 150th Anniversary” and the second, which fits well for this week, I think, is “Disappeared… Enslaved Women And the Armies of the Civil War.” There are more than just these two (look on the lower right hand side of the pages for “related videos” and you can watch them if you want.

This week’s resource is a link for my project, not the discussion in class. I checked it out The Stonewall Jackson Museum over break and learned about Stonewall Jackson’s life in Lexington Virginia while teaching at VMmi college. While there I also visited the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery and the VMI museum.

This slideshow has a number of black communities that were lost to history.  Some were simply abandoned some were destroyed in race riots.

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