The Civil War is perhaps America's greatest story; it played out on a huge stage, with great characters and themes, and multiple plot lines; it's both inspiring and absolutely heartbreaking.
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War deserves our attention not only because the war is endlessly fascinating for myriad reasons having nothing to do with battle strategy, but also because in many ways, the issues it dealt with are still with us--particularly federal-state power and, of course, race.
To honor the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Vermont Humanities Council is producing the Civil War Book of Days e-newsletter, weekly e-mails marking what happened that week 150 years ago.
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