A British journalist provides a unique look at the Civil War

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Bodies at the Dunker Church in Antietam, Maryland, September 1862. The battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single-day battle in US history, and Dunker Church was the focus of Union attacks against the Confederates. In 1921, a storm destroyed the church, but it was rebuilt for the 100th anniversary of the battle in 1962. Archive photograph by Alexander Gardner/Library of Congress

Interactive project provides a “then and now” look at key war locations.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2015/jun/22/american-civil-war-photography-interactive?ref=readthisthing

 

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How will we view Atticus now?

Author Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” published in 1960, won the Pulitzer Prize and became a classic for high school and college reading assignments. While the novel dealt with book coversviolence and racial equality, its protagonist, a lawyer named Atticus Finch, was a hero, an example of integrity. The book sold more than 40 million copies.

Now, “Go Set a Watchman,” a book Lee wrote before “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but which was only published this week, presents Atticus as a racist. In “Watchman,” Atticus, now 72, becomes more of a human reflection of his time than an icon.

You decide. Check out the Wall Street Journal’s article (linked below):

Harper Lee’s Father, Inspiration for Atticus Finch, Changed His Views on Segregation

http://www.wsj.com/articles/harper-lees-father-the-inspiration-for-atticus-finch-changed-his-segregation-views-1436670661

Read the first chapter of “Go Set a Watchman”:

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Harper Lee in 1960

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/harper-lee/go-set-a-watchman-read-first-chapter/3973/

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