History is in the news all this spring as the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War approaches. The New York Times is running an almost daily series of blog posts on the 150th anniversary, entitled Disunion, and numerous other news media are running stories.
Today, there is a story about the construction of historical memory of the American Civil War in Southern museums. This is a subject that has been well researched by academic historians and discussed by popular writers on the Civil War, but this article provides a nice introduction to the complex productions of historical memory of the war in Southern culture.
Students in my HIST 390 War in Film course have been grappling with these issues as we analyze American Civil War films such as Gone with the Wind and Glory.