Today we welcome a great year-end roundup of Civil War history-related events, compiled by Glenn David Brasher, author of The Peninsula Campaign and the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom.
A year’s end always brings multiple “Top Ten” lists. The community of Civil War enthusiasts is not immune to the practice, usually creating lists of the best books. For fun, I humbly offer my own rankings, but they are not limited to books. Here in descending order are my top ten “events” in Civil War history for 2013.
10. Spielberg’s Lincoln released on home video
This blockbuster 2012 movie generated much debate, as many historians criticized it for not providing a more thorough depiction of the events that led to slavery’s destruction. Most agreed, however, that Daniel Day-Lewis’s characterization of Lincoln was spell-bindingly good and historically solid. Furthermore, the film created a “teachable moment” for historians to engage in a public conversation about emancipation. With the release of the movie on home video, the film can now make its way into the classroom. I’ve already successfully used it to stir discussion with my own students. keep reading →