Naomi Dawood

  • Naomi Dawood commented on the post, Assignment 5 3 months ago

    This is a very interesting topic. I like that you’re focusing on what exactly deems a civil war site worthy of saving. Preservation of geologically historical sites is essential to the study of societies and cultures and I think it’s very important that we make this a priority as our population expands.

  • Naomi Dawood commented on the post, Assignment # 5 3 months ago

    I think it’s interesting that you’re focusing more on the effects the war had on the families back home, especially in this case because here you have two brothers who are fighting together. I wonder how this affected family’s financial situations- were they having to pay more money towards taxes to fund the war? How did the brothers have enough…[Read more]

  • I like what you said about endurance within the culture. I never really thought of their resilience as endurance but you are absolutely right. The culture has shown so much endurance and stamina in times when most would’ve broken down and given up. Using diaries in your research gives it such a candid viewpoint, which I really like.

  • Naomi Dawood commented on the post, Assignment 5 3 months ago

    I really like the direction you’re taking your thesis. I think including something about a picture being worth a thousand words is clever, and also very accurate. I also agree with you in that I think you should do something other than a traditional paper. It would be hard to fully grasp all aspects of the cartoon in a paper. Using different…[Read more]

  • When reading through the letters written by Atkins, Bradish, Marsh and Barber, I noticed that they rarely mentioned the conditions in which they lived. Instead, there was a lot of talk about the weather, the […]

    • Your thesis is a very good point and something I have never thought of before. I think it would be interesting to look at letters from family members to soldiers to see if they ask about living conditions, food rations, etc., it may be possible to see if soldiers leaving out details actually did help with worrying from the family.

  • I thought what you said about including too much detail in battle plans was interesting. I never thought about it like that, but I supposed too much detail would make it difficult to closely follow the movement of a unit. Especially when there’s so many other movements happening.

  • I too thought that the biggest challenge historians face when trying to piece together each hand written account was the bias. There are many different ways to tell the same story, and some may have been fabricated. It’s difficult to decipher what actually happened when each side is telling a slightly different story.

  • I too am directionally challenged so it was difficult for me to follow the primary source maps. The handwriting was hard to read, and for some there was no legend to reference. I found that the secondary maps were much more detailed, and easier to follow.

  • I thought what you said about gathering more information was interesting- more contradictions. There are so many different ways to tell the same story. I agree with you in that it would create difficulties for historians to gather accurate information.

  • The commander I selected is Pierre G. T. Beauregard, who was General of the Confederate forces after General Johnston was killed. His tenacious plan of action was clearly depicted in McPherson’s account. At the […]

    • It was a good idea to pick a popular enough general to have most of his movements depicted on the maps– I went with a less known leader to read a different perspective but ended up having trouble matching exact movements.

      Anyway, I agree with what you say about the effects of stress and pressure on soldier’s accounts. Accounts taken right after battle may be skewed due to the overwhelming trauma of the previous day, but accounts taken months after run the risk of people simply forgetting details over time. I wonder if some of the battle reports are noticeably exaggerated or emotional allowing historians to determine the soldier’s account may not be totally reliable.

    • I agree with you about reading more troop reports to better understand the communication and the actual location of the movements because it does help infer what the maps are depicting and of whose location.

    • It’s lucky to find a report which can be easier followed on maps. But I think the scale and legend could be a problem for almost every map we use to study the reports. Also, combined with the journals and letters written by troops is a great idea to help recreat the details of a battle. Getting more imformation and matching them with the reports and the maps can be more efficient for historians.

    • I really agree with your point about how it is difficult for historians to make sound facts as its reliant on the memory of the person reporting the events. I think this could lead to either over or under reporting as some may want to make a specific battle more or less violent for example. Reporting these kinds of events accurately is difficult because it is tough to cross check a primary source such as a troop or brigade leader against anything else.

    • I completely agree with your statement that, “the biggest challenge for historians when it comes to explaining the way a battle was won through personally written accounts is the fact that people don’t always remember everything that happened, especially with the stress and pressure of war”. This presents a big issue in determining the accuracy of these primary battle reports. It just goes to show hard historians have it and how much cross referencing they have to do in order to validate reports like this.

  • For my historical object, I chose a collection of letters written by Israel G. Aitkins to his parents in Michigan. This collection of letters depicts his experiences during the war in 1862 at age 16, including his […]

  • I agree with what you said about slaves living in a very tight nit community. I’m sure that they found unity and solace in the relationships they foster together.

  • I thought what you said about the slaves opinions of the whites was interesting. I can’t really imagine how they felt either, because I’ve never been in any situation like that. I’m sure that slave owners who treated their slaves fairly were very rare, so those slaves valued their owner more, as they knew conditions could be much worse.

  • I thought what you said about religion was interesting. It was always my understanding that a large majority of slaves practiced religion because they needed something bring hope and faith. What you mentioned about some slaves not believing in religion because of the atrocities being committed against them makes so much sense. Before this…[Read more]

  • I agree with what you said about slavery being a personalized experience. Before this assignment, I too didn’t really think about slavery in this way. I thought that every slave kinda experienced the same harsh conditions and daily beatings, but that’s not exactly the case.

  • 1. Region of the US

    Slavery was predominately found in the south- cotton mills, tobacco farms, etc. While more uncommon, I do not believe that slavery was nonexistent in the north.

    2. Places Slaves lived and […]

    • I agree with you that I could only imagine what slaves went through back then after reading their personal accounts. I know that the person that I am today, would not have survived back during slavery times for several reasons. Slaves were strong willed and determined to get through their adversities by lifting each other up as well as standing on their faith. Great point about although slaves weren’t fond of their slave owners, they still maintained a level of tolerance to get them through their days.

    • Although I concur that slaves were treated inhumanely, this notion that slaves’ best interest was to maintain a positive relationship with their masters is questionable. You state that it is to avoid conflict and potential beatings, however – in some circumstances – beatings were a given, so what is the positive repercussion of treating these people in an expected fashion?

    • One of the parts I found interesting was in Bibb’s account of religion and how the slaveholders did not want it taught because that would mean teaching the slaves how to read. His anecdote about the teachers who were eventually shut down due to slaveowners’ reactions went contrary to the other account I read, where the master was a devout minister and treated his slaves fairly well.

    • We I read your piece your views of slavery going into this seemed very similar to what I thought as well. Probably because that is what we learn in school and see in popular culture. Like you this project helped me get a deeper understanding of slaver through firsthand account from former slaves.

    • Perspective is huge when studying a topic such as slavery. We can learn a lot of generalities through classes and books but it’s impossible to understand the emotion without primary sources like these.

    • I totally agree with you. Slaves were not only existing in the US, but also internationaly existing in that time. And I believe all the slaves had the same problems. They were poor, lacked of education, might be lack of family. Also the relationship between slaves and slave owners could be band and resentful.

    • Naomi,
      I think you are completely right about the slaves’ view of white people. Although many slaves probably did view them very poorly because of the way they were treated, maintaining a positive relationship was a much better alternative than having a relationship of strife. This speaks to many slaves’ resignation that this was the way it would always be and a certain acceptance of this unfortunate fate. The idea that the slaves may one day be free may have them acting out more because they knew they would only have to endure the cruelty for a fixed amount of time, but putting on a front to form positive relationships is of someone who feels like their situation is permanent or lasting a very long time.