I’d like to take this moment to sum up the year so far and let you know what you can look forward to in the not so distant future.
Since late August, I’ve been publishing three pieces a week. In all, it’s been about fifty-five articles, and I’m having such a great time. True, it’s been a hectic schedule, and I most certainly need a break, but I couldn’t be happier with how things are shaping up. 1Sure, more readers would be swell, but hat’s okay.
While the focus of the blog has shifted slightly since I started, and I’ve not covered the post-war issues as much as I’d like, I’m generally satisfied in the direction in which we’re headed.
So let me take care of some business.
The Break and Future
I’m tired and I’ve got writers block. Badly. I want to keep going, and will keep going in the future, but for now, I need a little break. I’ve been a writer for an incredibly long time, and understand that while writers block is irritating, it’ll pass soon enough. It’s convenient that both the block and break are happening during the holidays – everyone is too busy to read anyway. I plan on picking up again in February. If I had been thinking ahead, I would have kept to a more strict academic schedule, but I’m not always so forward-thinking.
That said, I think from here on out, I’ll keep to such a schedule. Sort of. This means that from early February till late spring, I’ll publish regularly, as I’ve been. During the summer, I’ll probably be a bit more sporadic, starting up in earnest once more in the fall.
This will allow me to get a bit ahead of the game, and to have a social life here and there (or at least to travel some).
What shall we use to fill the empty spaces where we used to talk? Simple: re-runs! Nobody loves re-runs, but it’s better than dead air, right? During the off season, I’ll be on our Facebook page reposting some of the articles that I felt were the strongest, still keeping to the three-times-a-week schedule. Remember, this will be happening only on the Facebook page.
This means that over the holiday break and summer, you’ll be able to enjoy re-runs of This Cruel War while watching re-runs of Goodtimes and Mama’s Family (or whatever you crazy kids are watching these days).
This will allow me to revisit and even revise some of the old posts. I’ll do the same over the summer. If you’re not following This Cruel War on Facebook, you should. I wish it were a touch more active, but that’ll come, I bet.
What Does the Future Hold?
Coming up next year on This Cruel War I’ve got a boatload of ideas. As I’ve hinted before, I’d really like to focus more on Reconstruction. It’s definitely not the most fun subject, and it’s not my strong suit, but I think I can make it work. I’ve got a couple of things written, but most of it is still in the planning stage.
As far as the post-war era is concerned, I want to look into black suffrage in the states which remained loyal to the Union, the back-to-Africa movement of the 1890s, lynchings in general (as well as specific cases), the South’s rifle clubs/terrorist organizations, and the Civil Rights Act gutted by Johnson.
This doesn’t mean that I’ll be neglecting the antebellum era. Quite the contrary – I’m looking into covering the Lovejoy murder, the threats of secession during the Fremont vs. Buchanan election, how slaves obtained their surnames (which is sort of post-war, too), the impact of Seward’s 1860 speech before Congress, the Creol uprising, black slave owners, and a bit with Lincoln & Douglas & Niagara Falls.
It might seem that I’m not really focusing upon the war itself, and that would basically be true. It’s not purposely being done, I’m just not in that head space right now. That said, I promised an article about Lincoln and Delaware’s slaves during the war, and I plan on delivering it sometime before summer.
The slave narratives will continue, hopefully taking more from interviews given in the 1870s. Likewise, the “Forgotten Heroes of Southern History” will continue. I’m going to try to involve more black abolitionists in it.
I’d also like to branch out a bit to cover more issues, such as antebellum feminism and animal rights, and how they were linked to abolitionism. I’m not sure I’ll be able to make this happen, but it’s definitely something on my mind.
And as always, if there are any suggestions for topics, I’m always open to them. Fire away.
So until then, enjoy the holidays, watch the new Star Wars movie a billion times, and keep an eye on the Facebook page for re-runs and updates for the inevitable restart.
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