Author Archives: John Roach

The American Civil War Sesquicentennial: Relocating issues of the Past in Contemporary War Reenactments

“Many times, the quest for authenticity is a barrier to audience interaction, as audiences do not expect authenticity or understand the reenactor’s desire for it” (Clemons 14) Ever since it emerged as an American hobby in the early 1960’s, war … Continue reading

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Locating the War in a Contemporary Context – Interpretation of my Digital Commonoplace Book

In my posts, I have looked primarily at music and how the Civil War has been remembered.  While Civil War music was definitely high in my interests, it led my somewhere that I was not anticipating.  While examining music and … Continue reading

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“Taps” and Bobby Horton

To tie together my interests thus far, which have focused largely on music and remembering the civil war, I would like to look further on the role that music plays in the remembering of the civil war. On April 5th … Continue reading

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Remembering Civil War in the South

Going along with a theme from last weeks post, I have chosen to look deeper into how American Southerners remember the Civil War.  I will look less at music, although this is still an interest, and instead look at on … Continue reading

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Civil War Music and References in Pop Culture

As I said in my previous blog post, my interests lie primarily in the topics of human nature and human interaction. To make this Digital Commonplace Book more relevant to my life and interests, I have chosen to start looking … Continue reading

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Digital Commonplace Book First Entry

Throughout the course of American Civ, I have found that my interests typically relate to human interaction and human nature, and how events and legacies are remembered by society at large.  What has interested me the most so far from … Continue reading

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Moby Dick Item

The act of whaling is another example of America’s exploitative nature – this idea was seen especially throughout the Consumer Revolution and in slavery.  Throughout history, Americans have taken advantage of natural resources and gone to dangerous lengths to live … Continue reading

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Although the Mexicans had the upper hand at the Battle of the Alamo and ultimately emerged victorious, the Texans never backed down.  Because of this, the battle goes down in history as a remarkable display of American audacity.  During the … Continue reading

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Musical Instruments in Genteel America

Throughout the course of the eighteenth century, Colonial Americans began to experience a rise in material culture, leading to a period of time that Cary Carson describes as the Consumer Revolution.  During this revolution, there was a complete shift in … Continue reading

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