Our Final Dance: A self-analysis

Hello readers! Unfortunately today marks my final blog post, so this is the last time you will be hearing from me until my next project…☹  In order to properly bring my blog to a close, I will provide you with a critically reflective self-critique analyzing what I have learned from keeping this blog. Writing this blog has made me grow as a writer, a researcher and a person. First, I have grown as a writer by learning how to write a blog and by developing my blog identity. Believe it or not, I have never written a blog before, so … Continue reading Our Final Dance: A self-analysis

The Last of Lee’s Look

I have never written a blog before, so I just want to congratulate you for being able to read through my amateurish attempt, without bashing me with criticism. These past few weeks have been quite a roller coaster am sad that we have to “break up”, but “just because I let you go, does’t mean I wanted to”. As I began this blog I had two ideas in mind that I could have written about. It was either the advancements in weaponry and technology, or the how the post Civil War reconstruction continues to affect African Americans to this day. … Continue reading The Last of Lee’s Look

Cut Me Open (a Self-Analysis)

I’ve always thought of myself as a poor writer, but it never bothered me because I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoy dissecting pigs, and learning about how the bones of the body connect at joints via ligaments. I like physical, tangible concepts that I can memorize and regurgitate. However, since beginning this project, I’ve come to enjoy expressing my thoughts freely. When I speak with my friends face to face, they often acknowledge, in a quasi-mocking tone, my use of unnecessarily large words. This habit comes from my family’s penchant for the New York Time’s daily crossword puzzles and my … Continue reading Cut Me Open (a Self-Analysis)

A Theory

Hello everyone 🙂 As my blog has progressed over the past few weeks, my topic has evolved and been redefined as how women serving as nurses during the Civil War initiated a change in gender roles. I particularly focused on the accomplishments of specific female nurses to better explain the gender role transition. My blog disputes the claim that men were the only ones contributing the Civil War, and it supports the claim that women contributed to the Civil War efforts as much as men. The warrant supporting this claim can be found in the beginning of the women’s rights … Continue reading A Theory

Beyond the Love Letters

To My Dearests, As my colleagues and I have dedicated our research to the Civil War, I encourage you to take a look at their posts as well as they delve into this always interesting topic. The Civil War encompasses so many different topics and here are just a few that I personally have enjoyed reading more about this semester. You can find her on Let’s Get Civil War under the name Uncertain Surgeon. With a focus on the history of medical practices performed on the front lines of the civil war, Uncertain Surgeon is perfectly witty while also being … Continue reading Beyond the Love Letters

The mention of death is inevitable when discussing the Civil War. It is a gruesome topic, and it is hard to fathom how significant the impact of the Civil War was on America. Naturally we feel disconnected from the past, after all the Civil War happened more than a hundred years ago. It makes us uncomfortable thinking about the terrors of the war, but we must acknowledge history in order to move forward. If we were to use the same figures from the Civil War and apply it to America’s current population the death rate would surpass 7 million deaths. … Continue reading

The Debate Continues

Years after the Civil War there still remains uncertainty about how many people actually died. The fallen Confederacy provided insufficient documentation of their casualty rate which leads many to speculate how many people actually died. A recent study conducted by Dr. J. David Hacker suggests that the death rate was actually 650,000 to 800,000 lives. Some people question whether civilian deaths should or should not be included in the count. The question of what lives should be included will continue until there is clear consensus on what contributes to the Civil Wars casualty rate.   Continue reading The Debate Continues

Theory Time

Although the high death rate of the civil war is not questioned, many people still debate the source of the deaths. Some people attribute the high mortality rate to disease, but others attribute the deaths to advancements in weaponry technology. It seems as if there only one right answer, but if we were to categorize the casualties, and focus on deaths caused by battle, we see that the Civil Wars death rate is significantly higher than any preceding wars. Although it has been statistically proven that disease contributed to 63% of deaths, the injuries that the soldiers often acquired made them more … Continue reading Theory Time

Imperative Implications

  I’ve spent a couple weeks talking about the changes made to medicine during the civil war, but I didn’t really focus on why they were made. New weapons, and disease, were killing men so quickly and in such high numbers that the medical community had to do something to help. It was clear that the current methods weren’t working, which led to experiments that resulted in the innovations I’ve covered (and many I haven’t). Understanding how the new technology used in the Civil War necessitated improved healthcare is applicable to society today. As wars get more and more deadly, … Continue reading Imperative Implications