Civil War Era Studies
The amazing power of the internet age is the pure democratizing ethic it has injected into our culture. We aren't simply pleased when the world around us solicits and listens to our opinions, we've come to expect it. Every news story has a comment thread; every article asks for our feedback. The White House solicits input from the American "user" and offers meaningful responses. In short, we are a people who are growing more vocal in our daily lives. The brilliant constitutional law professor and master of cultural understanding Lawrence Lessig has called our culture "Read-Write" as opposed to "Read-Only." [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "Every Man a Historian Means Every Man: Speaking with the Fringe" (2012). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 129.