A summary of the conversations regarding the upcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial anniversary at the 2007 AASLH Annual Meeting.

This piece reflects on the remarks and addresses given throughout the meeting.

It also notes on the dialogue between session leaders and audience members which provided a number of observations and suggestions to guide AASLH and its members in the Civil War 150 commemoration:

  • Emphasizing 150 years of history, not just the 150th anniversary of the Civil War
  • Local museums and historical organizations making themselves available as centers for open discourse about the war and its legacy
  • The field making stronger efforts to provide evidence about the causes and effects of the Civil War
  • The importance of respecting, hearing and engaging all groups

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