Civil War Era Studies
There's quite a bit of talk within the interpretive community about the word, "celebration." The word is tiptoed around and eschewed. Its use raised ire in Charleston Harbor this past December. These debates over commemoration versus celebration, no doubt, will crop up again and again over the next few years. We, as a community, are nearly afraid of one misstep. We catch our words as they escape our mouths, quickly correcting ourselves every time "celebration" accidentally emerges trips over our teeth. We seem afraid to say that we are celebrating an American bloodbath of biblical proportions. I can understand this reticence. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "YouTube Wednesday: Why I'm CELEBRATING the Civil War 150th (and why you should too)" (2011). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 216.