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This is a new series where we highlight educators who work with us at the Museum and help us help other teachers. Meet Valencia Abbott, a member of our Teacher Advisory Council and a great partner for us in North Carolina.

Where do you teach? 

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Next week's Foundry Series event, Opioid Addiction After the Civil War, features Jonathan Jones of Binghamton University. Jonathan was kind enough to answer a couple questions before the event. Make plans to join us next Thursday. 

How did you become interested in your topic and what about your work still fascinates you?

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Jefferson C. Davis is probably best remembered for two things: the similarity of his name to the President of the Confederate States (Jefferson F. Davis, twenty years his senior and not related), and for killing a fellow officer after an argument.

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We regularly hear from educators, parents, and scholars how challenging it can be to teach the Civil War era and its legacies. From gulfs between the academic scholarship and public understanding of the history, to a politicization of the history, to heated public conversations about Confederate iconography, the Civil War era can be a difficult topic to understand and discuss, let alone teach. Yet, as those who think about this period on a daily basis, the topics feel more relevant than ever.

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Ana Edwards is a member of the Southern Ambitions Mellon project and a part of our Visitor Engagement staff. 

“You snooze, you lose.” A wealthy nineteenth century merchant in India expresses his satisfaction with England’s rapid investment in the cotton trade that emerged, in part, because the Confederacy overplayed its hand in the early days of the American Civil War.

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We're looking forward to Michael K. Shaffer speaking at both Appomattox and Richmond later this month. Make plans to come out on October 26th in Richmond and October 27th in Appomattox. Dr.

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Ahead of our annual Elizabeth Roller Bottimore lecture, we asked our two speakers - Dr. Edward Ayers and Dr. Gary Gallagher - to answer two questions. The lecture is currently sold out, but you can sign up for the waiting list now. 

 

Have the intense public discussion about the Civil War in the wake of Charleston and Charlottesville affected your own approaches to the study of the Civil War?

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Last year, comments on one of our Facebook posts sparked a larger conversation about recurring debates about the Civil War. We asked our visitors, social media audiences, and staff to generate a list of the questions or topics about the Civil War that they think are the most misunderstood. It turns out that we get just as many questions about our own museum and its future, so we thought we’d address some of the more commonly asked questions.
 

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Make plans to join us for a book talk this Saturday with John Reeves. In his book, The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee, Reeves tells the story of the forgotten legal and moral case that was made against the Confederate general after the Civil War. The actual indictment went missing for 72 years. Over the past 150 years, the indictment against Lee after the War has both literally and figuratively disappeared from our national consciousness. The talk is included with Museum admission. Mr.

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