Saturday, February 19, 2011

American Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Hello Fellow Quilters.....   I'm undertaking a four year NEW PHASE in Celebration of my Quiltin Life!    I've gotta pull a dictionary to learn to pronounce the long sesquencenti.... whatever word!


The year 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.

Sesquicentennial         pronounced..... fmob  (for my own benefit) !
ses - QWE \- sen -ˈTēn - ə- l \


I am a child born in the  mid-50's:  my pivotal, impressionable life is forever shaded by the 60's and 70's in college!   In the 1960s, the Civil War history was 100yr's old!  Protesters marched for civil rights and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, “One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.”

Shall we remember Today!!  ??  On the news, legislators from the South seem to want to forget that the 1860 southern leaders decried slavery the cornerstone of their cause!  I hear Gov Wallace in my minds eye... every day or so.... saying "Segregation today, segregation to-mor-row... segregation Fo - ev- A !!

Nov 6 - 2010 marked the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s election as President over a troubled nation.

The Times is introducing a new online series that follows the Civil War as it unfolded. Read the first installment by Jamie Malanowski
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/30/will-lincoln-prevail/?ref=opinion



Tony Horwitz is the author of “Confederates in the Attic” and the forthcoming “Midnight Rising: John Brown’s Raid and the Start of the Civil War.”


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