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  • 1855

    11/28/2015 7:17:00 AM PST · 193 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to PaulZe
    I have never traveled in the east, but I would like to visit some Civil War sites if possible. Maybe I can make it to Gettysburg in July 2023.

    Yours is the second recommendation for Nevins' volumes. I guess I should check them out. My reading list is growing by the day.

  • 1855

    11/27/2015 2:03:24 PM PST · 186 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to henkster
    I have come to the conclusion from studying the flawed compromises that put our original Constitution together that once Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin and gave new life to the institution of slavery, the Civil War was inevitable.

    Based on my meager studies I agree and would add that allowing establishment of the peculiar institution in the new nation based on the precepts outlined in the Declaration of Independence was a basic factor in the ensuing trouble. The hopes of Lincoln and other supporters of the rule of law who hoped to see slavery die out on its own were defeated by Whitney's invention. I have come to understand that the battle between pro- and anti-slavery parties for control of the destiny of Kansas was fought so desperately because that is where the question would be answered. It would either be the beginning of the end of slavery or slavery would become ineradicable.

  • 1855

    11/27/2015 4:58:51 AM PST · 183 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from reply #155. [Wilson Shannon was appointed governor of Kansas in August 1855 after his predecessor, A.H. Reeder, was dismissed for unethical land speculations.]

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    Nicole Etcheson, "Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era"

  • 1855

    11/26/2015 1:28:53 PM PST · 179 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to EternalVigilance

    That list sort of looks like our table of contents for the next few years.

  • 1855

    11/26/2015 8:05:06 AM PST · 172 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to EternalVigilance; henkster

    During the recent anniversary of the Address I read somewhere that, afterwards, Everett sent Lincoln a gracious note saying that Lincoln said more in his short speech than he (Everett) did in a couple hours. Made me think well of Everett.

  • 1855

    11/26/2015 7:43:20 AM PST · 167 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to headsonpikes
    That looks like a good one. I thought I was allowing plenty of time for reading to learn about the era, but every day I get a tip on something else or think of a new subject I need to cover. I guess there will always be something else . . .

    I will get you on the new list now.

  • 1855

    11/26/2015 4:51:23 AM PST · 159 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to Repeal The 17th

    I just missed you for today’s post (see previous) but you are on the list now. Welcome aboard.

  • 1855

    11/26/2015 4:44:20 AM PST · 156 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...

    This is posted with the old WWII ping list. I will continue to use it for a while longer. If you get this ping and not the one I just posted that means you are not on the new one yet. As before, just let me know if you want to be on the 1855-65 Civil War era ping list.

  • 1855

    11/26/2015 4:43:04 AM PST · 155 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

    This is posted with the new ping list. I should have added everyone who has requested to be on it.

    Continued from beginning of thread.

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    Nicole Etcheson, Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era

  • 1855

    11/24/2015 10:29:45 AM PST · 147 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to EternalVigilance

    Ah, that’s better. I replaced the earlier one in my shopping cart.

  • 1855

    11/24/2015 9:21:28 AM PST · 145 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to PeterPrinciple

    There is some interesting information about the New Englanders who sent men and arms to Kansas when the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed in "Bleeding Kansas." The excerpt I posted with this post picks up at a later date. The New Englanders were fairly radical in that they were practically (gasp) abolitionists.

  • 1855

    11/24/2015 9:15:57 AM PST · 144 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to EternalVigilance; PeterPrinciple
    That is a remarkable quote by Douglass.

    After an alert from PP I added his 1855 autobiography to my shopping cart but before I ordered it I had a "D'OH" moment. An autobiography published in 1855 will not include events after that. That is, there will be no 160-year-old bits to include in this series. Anybody know of a later Frederick Douglass bio or autobio that will cover 1855-65? I found one recent book at Amazon but the reviews were tepid.

  • 1855

    11/24/2015 6:24:21 AM PST · 139 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to strings6459

    You’re in.

  • 1855

    11/23/2015 4:27:13 PM PST · 130 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to fellowpatriot
    Please include me and thanks!

    Done and you are welcome.

  • 1855

    11/23/2015 2:18:19 PM PST · 128 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to Ditto

    You are added. Welcome aboard.

  • 1855

    11/23/2015 10:51:31 AM PST · 125 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to Zuben Elgenubi

    You are so opted.

  • 1855

    11/22/2015 1:27:15 PM PST · 122 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to Amagi

    Logged aboard as of yesterday.

  • 1855

    11/22/2015 11:15:16 AM PST · 120 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to PeterPrinciple
    1855 - My Bondage and My Freedom, by Frederick Douglass This book is published in 1855. Deserves a read if we are to understand the times.

    Absolutely! I just added it to my Amazon shopping cart. I recently reflected that of the bios relevant to the era Lincoln and Douglass may be the most important in the period before the war. I plan to find out what some of the generals were doing pre-war but that is of casual interest compared to the experience of Douglass.

  • 1855

    11/22/2015 9:23:49 AM PST · 115 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to rockrr

    That is sad. What a loss.

  • 1855

    11/22/2015 9:09:05 AM PST · 113 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to EternalVigilance; BroJoeK

    I wish I knew more about my forbears. Both of my father’s parents had ancestor who emigrated to Oregon from the east. His father (my Grandfather) was born in Lacygne, Kansas in 1884. They moved west when my Grandfather was a youth. My father’s maternal grandfather was born in 1848 in Benton Co. Missouri. His maternal grandmother was born in Marion Co. Iowa in 1850. They didn’t move to Oregon until 1880. Besides those relatives there were dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins spread out from Pennsylvania to Alabama whose stories I don’t know. Surely some of them had interesting Civil War stories to tell.

  • 1855

    11/22/2015 8:04:34 AM PST · 108 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to centurion316; PeterPrinciple; EternalVigilance; KC Burke

    You guys are giving me impetus to get on with my reading. Back to “Bleeding Kanssas.”

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 6:53:02 PM PST · 84 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to PeterPrinciple
    Lincoln was agin it. lots of north south issues in it.

    This reminded me of a quote from the Lincoln bio that made me smile. The Whigs were debating among themselves about how to address the issue . . .

    "When someone asked Justin Butterfield, a leading Chicago Whig, whether he would condemn the Mexican War as he had once denounced the War of 1812, he responded, 'No, indeed! I opposed one war, and it ruined me. From now on I am for war, pestilence, and famine.'"

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 6:30:41 PM PST · 79 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker; Western Phil; nomorelurker

    Signed up, in, in.

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 4:40:30 PM PST · 67 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to kanawa; PeterPrinciple; Patton@Bastogne; Chgogal; PAR35; 21twelve; DBrow; Marak; Springman; ...

    Lot of adds since I last updated the group. If you receive this you are on the list as a charter member. Most were explicit but a couple I inferred “add me.”

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 4:25:23 PM PST · 66 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to EternalVigilance

    Thank you very much. That is nice of you to say. I look forward to learning from your special insights and inside knowledge, so to speak.

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 4:16:45 PM PST · 63 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to nomorelurker

    It should be fun. WWII was quite a ride. I’ll take that as an opt in. Hokay?

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 12:42:26 PM PST · 23 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to PeterPrinciple
    Jan 9th - Clipper Guiding Star disappears in Atlantic, 480 dead

    I'm surprised a clipper ship accommodated that many passengers. I would have wild guessed around 100.

    Feb 3rd - Wisconsin Supreme Coutt declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional

    We will have the Dred Scott decision to chew on after a while.

    Feb 4th - Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela


    Feb 10th - US citizenship laws amended; all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship

    Anchor parents.

    Jun 5th - Anti-foreign anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party’s 1st convention

    How does a secret party have a convention?

    Jun 17th - Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, Crimea: 2,000+ killed

    My advice to anyone living in Crimea: Get out while you can.

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 12:03:08 PM PST · 16 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to kanawa; TADSLOS; laplata

    Added, added and added.

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 12:00:38 PM PST · 14 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to Vermont Lt
    Did you get to the part where Lincoln started killing vampires.

    No I'm only up to ch. 7. I think the undead don't make an appearance until ch. 18.

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 11:57:37 AM PST · 13 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to henkster
    Count me in!

    I'm glad that you are willing but in your case I made an exception and simply reactivated you from the reserve list w/o consulting you.

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 11:42:03 AM PST · 7 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...

    First of many errors on this series. I was supposed to use the old ping list initially to give everyone a chance to opt in or out of the 1855-1865 series. Let me know.

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 11:40:23 AM PST · 6 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    As you can see, I got too impatient to wait for 1858 + 160 years to roll around. I plan a slow motion, low volume ping schedule for a while just to see how it goes. I won’t blame anybody that doesn’t want to sign on this early. I will post this using the WWII ping list + people that already indicated they are ready to go on the final post from the war (9/3/45). I will probably do that for a while and then drop everybody that doesn’t indicate to me by normal or private reply they want to be on a “Civil War” ping list. You can see the new list on my profile just below the original WWII class roster. I put the quotes around “Civil War” because it will be 2021 before the real shooting starts and it seems like tempting fate to assume we will all still be doing this by then.

    As the thread title suggests this will be the only thread from now through December. As I learn interesting new information from my reading I will post it here as replies but will not ping the whole list, so check in from time to time for updates if you wish. The idea is for everybody to contribute so I am thinking my only exceptional role is to provide the venue. I am not doing a daily newspaper post but if anyone else is moved to do that I’m sure everyone would appreciate the effort.

    What the heck happened to the formatting on FR over the last 6 weeks?

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 11:38:25 AM PST · 3 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Photos! (From “Lincoln”)

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    Maps! (Also from “Lincoln”)

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    Lincoln first lived in New Salem (top of first map) when he settled in Illinois. Vandalia (same map) was the original state capital. Lincoln was one of the key players in getting it moved to Springfield. That was one of his earlier hard-ball political fights. He took right to that kind of action.

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 11:37:25 AM PST · 2 of 200
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    150 years ago today the Civil War had been over for several months. 160 years ago today the Civil War was still over five years off. I have decided to use the latter date to begin this series rather than something like 155 years for a couple reasons. I like the tidiness of the even 10 years and this gives me an opportunity to learn a little about the era. My knowledge of pre-Civil War history as well as that of the war itself is even more deficient than my knowledge of World War II history was before I started my previous project. This way I can take a much more in-depth look at the period before the shooting starts. One of my regrets about the WWII project was that I was so busy putting the threads together ahead of the calendar that I didn’t have time to read most of the material I was posting, let alone additional background material. For example, I have 2 books on the battle of Midway that I still haven’t read.

    As you can tell by the title of this thread I don’t plan on posting very much, at least for a good long while. As mentioned previously, Harpers Weekly is available on line from 1858 on. I have downloaded the first year for posting beginning 2018. Since there will be long periods between 160-year-old news posts I thought we could fill the time by comparing notes on books about the period and discussing the history that led up to the “Bleeding Kansas” affair. I will attempt to lay out the basic facts now.

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    A real look at the history of slavery in the United States would go back to the 17th century at least and could go as far back as the age of the Torah, but I will start with the Compromise of 1820 (Missouri Compromise). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_Compromise That was devised by Henry Clay, an icon of the Whig party (of which A. Lincoln was a member). The compromise was intended as a solution to disputes of whether newly organized territories and states of the U.S. would allow slavery or not. It set a dividing line at 36° 30’ north latitude. Slavery would be prohibited in territory north of the line and allowed south of it. The exception was Missouri, which was north of the line but was admitted as a slave state.

    By 1854 members of Congress were eager to start settling the vast farmlands of the new territory and it was necessary to first organize the region. One member most active in this effort was Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois. He wanted to get on with the building of a transcontinental railroad, with the eastern head at Chicago. The plan was blocked because he couldn’t get a measure passed in the Senate establishing new territories of Kansas and Nebraska under the terms of the Missouri Compromise. Southern Senators insisted that Kansas (north of 36° 30’ latitude) be open to slavery under popular sovereignty, that is, it would be left to a popular vote of the citizens of the new territory to decide whether slavery would be permitted or prohibited. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, introduced by Douglas, overturned the Compromise of 1820 and mandated popular sovereignty in the two new territories. With overwhelming southern support the measure passed both houses of Congress in May 1854. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas%E2%80%93Nebraska_Act The troubles in Kansas began immediately.

    This is all covered in detail in “Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era,” by Nicole Etcheson.

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    The excerpt I started off with come from chapter 4, “We Are But Slaves: The Free-State Movement.” Chapter 1 covers Douglas’s effort to get the Kansas-Nebraska Act through Congress. Chapter 2 is about the migration of both slavery proponents and free-soilers to the new territory after its passage. Chapter 3 covers the unbelievably flawed process used to elect the first territorial legislature. That was all-important since that body would vote on whether Nebraska was to be a slave or free state.

    I have found “Bleeding Kansas” to be quite readable for a non-scholar like me; well organized, plenty detailed, and straightforward in style. The time period covered is 1854 to 1864, so it should provide background for almost the whole period of this forum.

    The other book I have started is a biography by David Herbert Donald called simply “Lincoln.” I picked that one from the vast selection of such works base on reading a few reviews at Amazon.

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    I hope to acquire more Lincoln bios over the course of the next few years but I wanted to start with a well-regarded, single volume book. I have only gotten to 1856 in the chronology but have enjoyed the book so far. It starts with descriptions of some of Abraham’s ancestors in Virginia and moves to the primitive frontier boyhood I remember from long-ago. His early days in New Salem, Illinois are covered, as he decided what to do with his life. He won a seat in the Illinois state legislature in 1834 and studied to be a lawyer. He balanced his political activities with the law. He was junior partner in two different firms before becoming senior partner when he joined with William “Billy” Herndon. That association continued until Lincoln went to Washington. By 1855 the firm was thriving, with railroad cases the most lucrative. In 1842 Lincoln married Mary Todd and they started a family in Springfield. After two terms in the Illinois legislature he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Whig. He had to master the Illinois political game to accomplish that. He attempted to work that system to be selected as U.S. Senator from Illinois in January 1855. But that was a longshot proposition and he lost out to Lyman Trumbull. The book explained some about the Whig party and also the Know Nothings. I always wondered about that name and now know it stems from the fact that membership was supposed to be secret. So if an outsider asked what they were up to the member supposedly replied, “I know nothing.” Why a political party should remain a secret I didn’t figure out. Initially the Republican party had an abolitionist tilt, which was considered radical – even in the north. So mainstream politicians – including Lincoln – steered clear of it. By 1854, however, with the future of the Whigs looking grim, Republicans were ready to organize as a free-soil alternative to the Democrats. Lincoln enthusiastically jumped in to advise the non-lawyers in that pursuit.

    Lincoln was out of office in 1854 during the Kansas-Nebraska Act debate. I was interested to learn that he shadowed Sen. Stephen A. Douglas (D-Il) as that man traveled the state promoting his measure. Douglas gave a speech in Springfield on October 3 and Lincoln spoke in rebuttal the following day. They repeated the exercise October 16 in Peoria. They didn’t appear together on the same stage but those events seem a notable preview to the celebrated Lincoln-Douglas debates four years later.

    That covers the highlights, I think. I recommend both these books and hope to read other recommendations of books covering the pre-Civil War period.

  • 1855

    11/21/2015 11:35:56 AM PST · 1 of 200
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents U.S. History, 1855-1860: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: November 21, 2015. Last date to add: Sometime in the future.
    Reading: Self-assigned. Recommendations made and welcomed. To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by reply or freepmail.
  • California Middle School Makes Kids Sing About Spreading Islam

    11/20/2015 9:33:03 AM PST · 13 of 39
    Homer_J_Simpson to mandaladon
    Other parts of the song declares that they “don’t really care if no Jews or [Christians] believe,” and “Islam… Allah’s on the way.”

    Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells?

  • Poll: Trump Retakes Lead in GOP Race; Cruz Makes Gains

    11/20/2015 8:23:01 AM PST · 104 of 105
    Homer_J_Simpson to cripplecreek
    Its a lot smaller pond here at FR and its easier for a few to be very loud and aggressive.

    I’m just a twitter nobody and I have almost 700 real followers and they’re 90% Cruz supporters.

    I just got to follower #100 today. I couldn't say what the breakdown on which candidate they support but I would guess a purality are for Rubio.

  • Poll: Trump Retakes Lead in GOP Race; Cruz Makes Gains

    11/20/2015 6:44:25 AM PST · 79 of 105
    Homer_J_Simpson to grania
    You really think Trump's going to do poorly? We must live in different universes.

    I spend more time following conservative twitter than I do here. Don't know if it is a different universe but it is a certainly a different environment with a different point of view.

  • Poll: Trump Retakes Lead in GOP Race; Cruz Makes Gains

    11/20/2015 6:26:53 AM PST · 71 of 105
    Homer_J_Simpson to grania
    34% "unfavorable" makes me wonder who they're polling and what was the wording of the question.

    It is 61% unfavorable. 34% favorable.

    From the linked poll results:

    Bloomberg Politics Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. Nov. 15-17, 2015. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error +/- 3.1.

    "Now, I'm going to mention some people and groups in the news recently. For each, please tell me if your feelings are very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable. If you don't know enough to answer, just say so. ... Donald Trump, a businessman from New York."

    If he gets > 5% in the Iowa caucus I will be surprised.

  • Poll: Trump Retakes Lead in GOP Race; Cruz Makes Gains

    11/20/2015 5:31:55 AM PST · 34 of 105
    Homer_J_Simpson to McGruff

    Opinion of NY businessman Donald Trump:
    Favorable 34%
    Unfavorable 61%
    Unsure 5%

    Bloomberg Politics/Selzer 11/15-17) http://j.mp/1d4HZv9

  • Trump attacks Carson in Friday the 13th-themed video

    11/13/2015 9:38:01 AM PST · 20 of 31
    Homer_J_Simpson to Enlightened1

    Conservative press started out laughing at Trump. That changed to concern when his poll numbers stayed up. Now, with the weird Carson name-calling and ‘he knows more about ISIS than the generals’goofiness it is changing back to laughter. I figure by the time of the Iowa caucuses he will be around 5%.

  • Fund: Has Trump Finally Jumped The Shark?

    11/13/2015 6:54:57 AM PST · 61 of 98
    Homer_J_Simpson to Cowboy Bob

    You think it is just National Review or John Fund that thinks Trump has gone off the rails? The conservative pile-on is widening and growing in intensity.

  • Donald Trump to rally in Springfield tonight(Illinois 7 PM)

    11/09/2015 2:34:56 PM PST · 45 of 97
    Homer_J_Simpson to Red Steel
    Tweet from @AlexPappas: Trump campaign announces Texas tea party activist Katrina Pierson will serve as national campaign spokeswoman.

    Reply from @seanmdav: In 2012, Katrina Pierson viciously attacked the appearance/looks of an Iraq combat vet hit by an IED in Ramadi


  • Rubio's charges to GOP credit card included $134 haircut (2010)

    11/04/2015 4:28:35 PM PST · 61 of 67
    Homer_J_Simpson to jimbo123
    If old Charlie Crist talking points is the best the anti-Rubio people have, he is still doing fine.

    Hey didn't Trump declare bankruptcy four times?

  • Fox News poll - Trump 24, Carson 23 - plus Bush now beats Trump in 'I'd NEVER vote for him'

    10/14/2015 9:17:27 AM PDT · 49 of 58
    Homer_J_Simpson to Rockitz
  • Huma Abedin’s Lawyer Was Benghazi ‘Point Person,’ Exchanged Redacted Email with Hillary

    10/08/2015 11:19:34 AM PDT · 30 of 30
    Homer_J_Simpson to Republicanprofessor
    Have you read this Trey Gowdy letter yet? Previews an upcoming email dump. Mind boggling.



    09/14/2015 11:26:53 AM PDT · 168 of 184
    Homer_J_Simpson to Mr. K
    I would not mind if you ran through the WWII stuff from the beginning

    Any registered freeper can do that any time. All the posts are available in my posting history or my profile.


    09/14/2015 8:22:48 AM PDT · 163 of 184
    Homer_J_Simpson to wagglebee
    Another project that I would love to see is World War I.

    We could just roll the Civil War series into WWI. I'll be 122 by the time we get back to 1914, but who knows? Bernie Sanders just said people shouldn't die when they get sick so maybe immortality will be the norm after our next progressive President.


    09/14/2015 7:00:40 AM PDT · 156 of 184
    Homer_J_Simpson to central_va; wagglebee

    Enforceable anti-trolling rules should keep things from spinning out of control. It occurs to me that such a project would be a great homeschooling resource. Those lucky students who were just at the stage where they could appreciate the history at the beginning could follow project until they are ready for college. The fact that there are still warm feelings on the subject 160 years later would add spice to the experience.


    09/14/2015 6:23:44 AM PDT · 147 of 184
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Harpers Weekly? Once a week is that to much?

    Hmm. Harper's Weekly is available on line. From 1858. The Lincoln-Douglas debates began in August 1858. Recordings of reenactments of those debates are also available. We could have a really good 7-year journey through the War Between the States, Week by week or month by month, depending on the slow periods. Three years to prepare gives us time to get up to speed by reading up on the background history. I'm down for it! Now we just need to identify a facilitator. It wouldn't be nearly as labor intensive as my WWII thing if everybody contributed the materials.

    What do y'all think?