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What We’re Reading: October 24, 2013

Today’s What We’re Reading features reactions to the movie adaptation of 12 Years a Slave, the effort to build a national LGBT museum, one blogger’s quest to eliminate conference themes, incredibly creepy vintage Halloween costumes, and much more!

October 24, 2013

Historians and The Conspirator: Using Film to ask Big Questions

Is it possible to produce a credible film about the Civil War without mentioning slavery? I’ve now seen The Conspirator (opening this week across the country) twice, and I’m still not sure. This very question provides one of the many elements that make this film such a superb vehicle for teaching and for public conversation on the Civil War. And remember: for the next five years there will be a lot of public conversation about the Civil War. Article By: Jim Grossman, executive director of the AHA