The Civil War started in the Panhandlehttp://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/558998/The-Civil-War-started-in-the-Pan---.htmlCivil War faces live again at Library of Congresshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/local/civil-war-faces-live-again-at-library-of-congress/2011/03/31/AFtg7vfC_story.htmlCivil War anniversary: Songs, literature and films about the Civil Warhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/sns-civil-war-media-pg,0,5934244.photogalleryCivil War Trust: Civil War Sesquicentennialhttp://www.civilwar.org/150th-anniversary/Virginia Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil Warhttp://www.virginiacivilwar.org/The Civil War is a rather contentious part of United States history, and it remains a subject that is discussed and analyzed by historians, economists, and countless others. This month many organizations will begin commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, which began in earnest on April 12th 1861 when shots were fired at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Many states have established commissions to ensure that all aspects of the Civil War's history and legacy are explored, including the legacy of slavery, indentured servitude, the Reconstruction, and other crucial topics. The Library of Congress has created an exhibit titled "The Last Full Measure" which brings together over 400 pictures of Confederate and Union soldiers to offer the public additional insights into the conflict, and it is one of many exhibits that will take place over the next four years. Along with these celebrations and exhibits, other commentators (including The Economist) have noted that one of the most enduring legacies of the Civil War may in fact be a distrust of large federal government. This question, and many more, will continue to be explored, and Americans and others would do well to investigate and consider some of the upcoming Civil War events, commemorations, debates, and conversations .The first link will take visitors to a fine piece from last week's Economist about the ways in which the United States has changed dramatically since the end of the Civil War. The second link leads to an article from the Martinsburg (WV) Journal about the beginning of the Civil War in the state's Panhandle region. Moving on, the third link will take users to an article from this Monday's Washington Post which talks about the new Civil War photography exhibit at the Library of Congress. The fourth link leads to a photo gallery from the Baltimore Sun, which looks at some of the cultural and artistic endeavors inspired, by the Civil War. The fifth link leads to the homepage for the Civil War Trust's Sesquicentennial activities. Here visitors can learn about upcoming events, read about tours of various key battlefields, and so on. The final link will take interested parties to the website of Virginia's Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War. Here, visitors can learn about upcoming conferences, talks, and related tours.


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