Return of “150 Years Ago Today”

I’m aware I haven’t had a lot of “150 Years Ago Today” posts of late.  I’m going to have new 150 Years Ago Today posts starting tomorrow.  Enjoy!

Black History Month

February is Black History Month in the United States; to celebrate this, I’ll have several posts throughout the month describing various black people of interest during the time period of the Civil War, as well as the treatment of blacks before the Civil War in the United States.

If you have any suggestions for material you’d like to see covered on this site, go to “Add a Comment” at the bottom of this post and let us know.  Thanks!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed).

Just like Abraham Lincoln did a century before him, King possessed the ability to eloquently craft words in a manner that would move the American people.  Perhaps the most famous example of his speeches is his “I Have a Dream” speech; later this year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this speech.

You can read the text of the speech here.

Here is a video of the speech:

The Emancipation Proclamation, 150 Years Later

One hundred and fifty years ago this afternoon Abraham Lincoln met with his cabinet, and with little fanfare, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This simple act was the greatest event in American history.  Not only did the proclamation turn the strength of the south into a liability and lead to the collapse of the rebellion two years later, but, even greater, it was the first step towards making the words of the Declaration of Independence, that “all men are created equal”, become true.

Yet, the dream of the equality of all men that took its first step forward 150 years ago still, even today, seems far away.  Let us take this new year, this jubilee year, to consider this and to resolve to work towards this grand goal that is represented by the events that took place on this day 150 years ago.

150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

As indicated in today’s 150 years ago today tidbit, we are 100 days away from celebrating the 150th anniversary of the most important event in American history, the Emancipation Proclamation.

It is easy to forget about this great and momentous event.  So, let us not forget to celebrate the anniversary, upcoming on January 1, 2013, in some way or another.  One suggestion that I’ve heard is, on January 1, 2013, or some other convenient date close to that, have the Emancipation Proclamation read in your community, in whatever place may be convenient.  Regardless of what you do, leave a comment and let us know how things go.

Nasby Letters

The Nasby Letters are a long-running series of fictional letters, written by David Ross Locke, in the character of “Petroleum V. Nasby”, a lazy, bigoted, alcoholic, semi-literate Copperhead Democrat.  Locke uses a odd, semi-literate style of spelling, in order to depict Nasby as not too bright.  Locke started writing the Nasby Letters during the Civil War, and continued well into reconstruction.  They are quite humorous, although the odd spelling may prove a bit of a barrier for modern readers.  I’ll be publishing several of these on American Civil War @ 150, so I felt that an introduction would be apropos.  View a list of letters available here.

Hello world!

Welcome to the Civil War @ 150 blog!  This blog will be dedicated to providing information about the American Civil War and its sesquicentennial celebrations by providing old source material, creating a day-by-day listing of what happened 150 years ago today, providing links to great sites, sharing news and information on upcoming events, and much more.  Thanks for reading!