The Civil War: Celeste Headlee's Story

Monday, January 02, 2012

The flag from Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861. The flag from Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861. (Department of Interior, National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection, Harpers Ferry Center)

It's the 150th anniversary of The Civil War and the effects are still with us. Celeste Headlee reflects on her family's role in the Civil War; the branches of her family tree include both slaves and owners. The Civil War is over, but the fight continues; we still argue over whether to fly the Confederate flag and how to teach the history of the war.

Comments [2]


In the times before the Civil War, the Democratic Party was the modern-day Republican party, and likewise, the Republican party was the modern Democratic party.

Feb. 16 2012 02:41 PM

Blue vs Gray; North vs South; but what about Democrat vs Republican?
Democrats in the South were for the war and human bondage and many Democrats in the North were for appeasement and a "peace process" with their fellow Democrats in South.

Democrats during Reconstruction led an insurgent war against Republicans who were trying to bring full racial equality to the South and they were driven out by Democrats through violence and intimidation bringing decades of segregation in the Solid Democrat South.
The Republican Party was the party of Lincoln, union, abolition and full emancipation.
How about "talking openly" about the politics of the Civil War?

Jan. 02 2012 09:49 AM

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