Thursday, November 7, 2013

Chris Mackowski speaks with Public History Students

Chris Mackowski, Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, spoke with students in History 206: Introduction to Public History on Wednesday, November 6. He discussed working with park visitors and interpreting battlefields for the public. This includes the expectations of visitors informed by popular culture and myths such as the Cult of the Lost Cause, a topic he has written about. He has worked with the National Park Service for about a decade, authoring or coauthoring several books on the Civil War including The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson, Simply Murder: The Battle of Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville’s Forgotten Front. He writes at The Emerging Civil War blog.

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