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2010 News Releases

Longwood launches Civil War Sesquicentennial Podcast

November 1, 2010

Canon

Longwood University today makes a significant contribution to the nation's Civil War Sesquicentennial reflections with the launch of a unique online podcast series. "That a Nation Might Live," online at http://civilwar150.longwood.edu, commemorates the issues, people and events leading up to and during the Civil War, telling the epic story as it happened 150 years ago, one week at a time.

A podcast is a series of audio recordings released episodically that can be played directly from a website or downloaded automatically and synched to portable digital audio players like iPods.  "That a Nation Might Live" posts a new episode (two-to-four minutes) every week, turning the calendar back 150 years and reporting the week's key developments in the run up to and during the war.

Four episodes have been posted to date, providing insight to the causes of the Civil War, the politics dividing the nation and the conditions leading to the election of Abraham Lincoln as the nation's 16th president. Future episodes, week- by-week through 2015, will chronicle secession and rebellion, Fort Sumter, the raising of armies, the politics of war, emancipation, key decisions and battles, Appomattox and the conflict's impact on the nation. 

In addition to its home site, "That a Nation Might Live" has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/That-a-Nation-Might-Live/149017591809149 and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarweeks. All of these sites welcome comments and discussion. The episodes will soon be available through iTunes, too.

Conceived of and developed by Dr. Chuck Ross, dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences at Longwood University, and Dr. David Coles, professor of history, the series offers a unique glimpse in time at the momentous events that shaped the nation - and it provides a tremendous learning opportunity for history students of all ages, especially those at Longwood.

"Given the importance of Farmville and Southside Virginia in Civil War history, this is a natural fit for us and should complement the many other sesquicentennial events planned around the state and the nation," said Ross. "We are especially excited that this project will be largely researched, written and produced by students since undergraduate research is such an important part of what we do at Longwood."

The Civil War Sesquicentennial is a national historic reflection on how the very existence of the United States was tested far beyond the imagination of our founding fathers. As President Abraham Lincoln stated so eloquently at Gettysburg in 1863, "Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure." Follow the story, week-by-week, with podcasts from Longwood University's "That a Nation Might Live."