Presidential Proclamation

April 13th, 2011

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/04/12/presidential-proclamation-civil-war-sesquicentennial

This is the link to President Obama’s proclamation to kick off the sesquicentennial. Obviously, it avoids all sensitive issues and essentially just says that everyone who fought in the war was a hero and we are all free now so that is what is important. It also kind of makes it sound like one day the war ended and everything was immediately better and happy. Sort of strange. Anyways, I thought it was interesting because the other day we were discussing the question of would it just be better to sort of gloss over the war and not talk about the issues (NO!) but this definitely does that.

Weekly Resource

April 7th, 2011

http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/committeeevents_detail.php?Attraction_Name=Inns%20at%20Montpelier%20Civil%20War%20Package,%20April%202011&StartDate=2011-04-10

This is a link to one of the sesquicentennial events posted on the Virginia Civil War website. It reminded of our discussion on Tuesday about people who want the Civil War experience but are not willing to give up personal luxuries or accommodations for it. In this particular event, a B&B is offering an exceptional “Civil War experience” while staying in luxury with fine dining. I don’t really understand how someone can expect to get a real experience while not doing anything even close to being real for the time period, but it seems to work since they get lots of reservations.