ERIC Number: EJ920867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb-3
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"Revolution in Understanding"
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n26 p16-18 Feb 2011
This article presents an interview with Dr. Edward Ayers, a recognized expert on Southern history and president of the University of Richmond. According to Dr. Ayers, 2011 marks the start of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the emancipation of African-Americans. It is an important distinction based on the evolution of Civil War scholarship that has produced a fuller understanding of history, one that puts the role African-Americans played in the transformative conflict front and center. Dr. Ayers has written and edited 10 books including "In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America," which won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished American history. He now leads a consortium of 15 institutions, including Virginia Union University, that is coordinating Civil War sesquicentennial events in Virginia. In the interview, Dr. Ayers discusses the role Blacks played in their own freedom, the context of the Civil War's legacy in today's equality struggles, and the war's global significance.
Descriptors: United States History, War, Conflict, Interviews, African American History, Partnerships in Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Slavery, Freedom, Civil Rights
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia