From time to time I offer a post with a quote I want to be able to find again. Usually it’s something true and clever and makes you think. Today’s quote comes from a video about re-enacting and how Civil War battle sites (long left as either farm fields or left alone just because of the lack of development in the areas where they were fought) are now falling prey to development at a rapid rate.
The video features images of reenactors juxtaposed with battle sites now turned into things like fast food restaurants when people fought and died there and the future of the country was decided.
This quote comes from one of the reenactors.
“We had a catastrophic event as a nation. We shared this experience as a whole. It decimated the lives of so many people. And then we didn’t really fix it, even now….we’re still in some ways fighting it.”
I think that is really true. The Civil War is one of the wars we talk about most in America, but most people don’t know a lot of accurate information about it or precisely what happened afterwards. I think it would change the worldview of a lot of Americans if we did. Many forces that effect what we do, say, and think come directly from the Civil War and by understanding that we could better move forward.
I would highly recommend the book Lies Across America by James W. Loewen.
Learn more about why the Civil War is Still Important.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.