Thursday, April 22, 2010

To My Old Master

Ta-Nehisi Coates is still doing his best to commemorate Confederate History Month.

This one's a doozy.

I've been thinking about ways to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of this American epic tragedy. A good start would be if someone were to cobble a website together running news stories from 150 years ago with articles from major papers on both sides.

One can barely imagine the educational value of running 150 year old news and opinions today. And with our 24 hour news cycle, we could literally fill the whole 5 years with nothing but wire reports and op-eds of ghosts. We could start now and already be behind.

150 years ago right now, we'd be gearing up for the 1860 election. As a matter of fact, May 18th is the day Lincoln won the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Chicago. By this time 150 years ago, the Democratic National Convention in Charleston had already been disbanded without a nomination at the hands of William Yancey and the rest of the Fire-Eaters.

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