The Civil War

In observance of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine and DiverseEducation.com have produced a special report, including features and multimedia content, to highlight the war’s legacy on contemporary U.S. society. Launched in February, the report will be updated with features on the commemoration of key Civil War events and other developments between 2011 and 2015.

America is a nation in love with its myths. And this is especially true when it comes to the way Americans remember, celebrate and revere the Civil War, a bloody and transformative contest that has been called the “War Between the States,” the “Recent Unpleasantness,” the “War of Northern Aggression” and the more historically accurate “War of the Rebellion.”

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To Dr. Edward Ayers, a recognized expert on Southern history and president of the University of Richmond, 2011 marks the start of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the emancipation of African-Americans.

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Part III: | A Proud Heritage

When Reavis L. Mitchell Jr. was plowing his way toward a doctoral degree in the 1960s and 1970s, hardly a word was taught about Black soldiers in the Civil War.

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