Tuesday, November 30, 2010

150th Anniversary: South celebrates Civil War, largely without slaves

Image: Camille Love and Yakingma Robinson at the Cyclorama at the Civil War museum in Atlanta

That many are honoring secession with barely a nod to slavery underscores how divisive conflict remains

“The Civil War, the most wrenching and bloody episode in American history, may not seem like much of a cause for celebration, especially in the South.

And yet, as the 150th anniversary of the four-year conflict gets under way, some groups in the old Confederacy are planning at least a certain amount of hoopla, chiefly around the glory days of secession, when 11 states declared their sovereignty under a banner of states’ rights and broke from the union.”

PHOTO - Camille Love, left, Atlanta's director of cultural affairs, and Yakingma Robinson, a public relations manager at the Cyclorama, at the Civil War museum in Atlanta, in Nov. The Cyclorama, a giant painting-in-the-round that depicts the first day of the Battle of Atlanta, is being "refreshed and rebranded" as part of an overall marketing plan, said Love

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