Reading the Civil War in Real Time

New York Times blog details and discusses events from 150 years ago ... to the day

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Smoke fills the air after several cannons were fired during a civil war reenactment in Naperville, Illinois (Tom Gill/flickr)

It's easy to think of the Civil War and remember only the big battles and major lessons we learned in grade school: the nation in its worst period of polarization, and an unseasoned president, Abraham Lincoln, struggling to mend a nation literally, not just rhetorically, at war with itself.

But imagine being able to experience the events and elections that led up to the Civil War in real time, at the day-by-day pace at which they originally happened. That's what Jamie Malanowski is making a reality. 

Malanowski is the lead writer on the "Disunion" blog for our partner, The New York Times. It's a running blog that uses contemporary writing, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow along with the Civil War, 150 years later.

Guests:

Jamie Malanowski

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Joe Ferreira from Providence, RI

I know I'm probably late to make this comment, but John made a mistake this morning over the Ken Burns documentary, The Civil War. The narrator of the series was David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and former host of the PBS series The American Experience. John Chancellor, whom John named the narrator, was actually the narrator of Ken Burns original series "Baseball."

Nov. 24 2010 07:56 AM

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