Fardushi Sultana

  • In the case of John Y. Beall, I assume the stance that although his actions proved that he was indeed a spy, the extremes that the United States Government took upon his persons does not equate to the treachery […]

  • John Yates Beall

     

    The trial is about a man of the Confederate army acting as a spy and is on Trial in New York City
    Was in the infantry in Virginia and issued a plan to launch Privateers at the Great […]

  • Fardushi Sultana commented on the post, Assignment 5 1 month ago

    It is not so very suprising at all that their were codes in which to enforce the assurance of supremacy over blacks. We have the issue of race even today. The installment that white was superior has been an issue immediately after the war and still is in present day. There are still laws and stereotypes that hinder the progression and flexibility…[Read more]

  • Fardushi Sultana commented on the post, Assignment 5 1 month ago

    Really interesting to note that many nonprofits are the leading source of funding for these sites.

  • Fardushi Sultana commented on the post, Assignment 5 1 month ago

    I am really interested in your topic because no matter what reports and sources I read, I too speculated and was proven at times that many men died because of poor living conditions that ailed them with disease. Really great topic!

  • Your statement about the undermining of the struggles outside of the war and everyday society ring true with me to a certain extent. For sure there was heavy observation and followings of how the war went and specific battles but I do think that there has been plenty of research and observations held on part of the societies that were in the era.

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    “My intention for the final project is to analyze how literature of this era conceptualizes our understanding of the war and reconstruction. I want to be able to compare at least 4 different types of nov […]

    • Of the diaries that you read for your project, did they explain who these people were? It would be interesting to see as many different sides to this war as possible, from soldiers, civilians and slaves alike.

    • Gone With the Wind is probably the most famous literature of the civil war and I am looking forward to seeing what you discover, as it is one of my favorite movies. The story is, without a doubt, told from the white perspective in which it romanticizes the antebellum south and portrays the slaves as simple minded children who need their white “masters” to take care of them. Scarlett is a very interesting character. She’s the patriarch of her family which includes her plantation slaves who are portrayed as loving and devoted to her. When watching the movie, I can’t help but to find it quite comical which I am not sure was what Margaret Mitchell had intended.

    • Literature can be effected a lot by different cultures. So how literature manipulate our sympathies and perception of actual history and the struggle to freedom can ben analized with the culture which relevant. And I realize you discovered the reasearchi in North and South parts. It could be really interested to see how different they were and what were the different effects they made.

    • Literature during wartime always fascinates me yet I’ve never read any from the Civil War. More interesting would be to see what came out from the side of the Confederacy.

  • I agree with you that McPherson’s map and his detailing of the battle was much more descriptive and easy to follow than those of the reports. It is also to count in the fact of your speculations of bias. Makes me rethink my perception on things a bit more.

  • 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.

  • I really enjoyed your analysis on how the comparison of the plethora of maps would be difficult to compare because of who is interpreting the resources and providing a layout because I do agree that it is all about perception.

  • I totally understand your struggle to pin point the location of the narrator for the report because I struggled with the same issue. It seems as if many of these maps were written so that the people who were involved and in command were able to understand where each man was because they had a briefing where all the troops and their “squadrons” would be.

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    I am choosing to use Captain A. C. Kemper of the Union for the analysis on the Battle of Shiloh who led a cavalry during this battle and assisted General Sherman and Prentiss during the struggle to push back […]

    • I had the same trouble with you when it came to the maps! It seemed as if only a few specific infantries were depicted in the maps– it can be quite challenging to determine which arrows correlated to the less notable infantries’ paths. It would be helpful to have multiple maps drawn that show the movement of groups of infantries that were all in the same area and then have the general maps to show the big, important movements. It’s almost as if you need the generals to meet up a few days after the battle, discuss the journey they went on and all compile a map for their area. I’m sure with the swiftness of the war, it was not deemed high priority to document what paths were taken.

    • I also found the primary maps to be more useful when trying to track down smaller and less notable units within the two opposing armies. Similarly to you the report I used was very detailed when it came to landmarks and troop movement so I was actually able to track their movements sufficiently. Even with that said though, I think it would be much easier to track troop movements if you read multiple reports of adjacent units.

    • I ran into the same issue when trying to trace my unit’s movements on the map. My commander’s account of the battle was detailed and well-written, but tying out his account on the maps was difficult due to how vague they were. I think the maps are useful on a broad level, but in trying to pinpoint movements on a brigadier or regimental level, I think they lose some of their utility.

    • The word I find difficult with your commentary is “written.” Within recent years, the definition of literacy has been broadened and maps would be considered a form of literacy, making maps a written form of communication. I believe that it is understandable to have a difficult time following maps for the smaller commanders in the army, but – should you follow the ranks of those they were under (Sherman and Prentiss) – I feel it can give you a general sense of the movements throughout the battle.

  • The object of my choice is the fictional book called Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell which was published in 1936 and follows the story of a southern belle named Scarlett O’Hara through both the Civil War a […]

  • I really enjoyed reading this and was pleasantly surprised that you had direct information, which correlates well to my perspectives of slavery and the ways in which slaves were treated. It shocks me as well as how deeply conditioned some of the slaves were, to a point where they almost worshiped the slave masters and white people.

  • I agree with you that to get a more comprehensive account on things we would need to read a plethora of first hand retelling of how life was during slavery, but I do not think just because Henry Bibb was an abolitionist he was only pointing out the absolute worst happenings during the era of slavery. the concept of slavery in itself is atrocious…[Read more]

  • I find it shocking but at the same time not so surprising that some slaves found a positive relationship with their owners, but then it also makes you think of how deeply they were conditioned to think it was okay to be owned by someone and objectified, regardless of how “well” the owner treated his slaves. It is great to see the different…[Read more]

  • I agree with the statement you made on how all the stories that slaves retold were unique despite overlapping truths. I encountered that as well while trying to pick which story to use for my analysis.

  • What I believe slavery was like under the system for African Americans:

    Region: Slavery in America was mostly and prominently upheld in the South where there were plethora of plantations and abuse of African […]

    • I felt the same way about the interviews. I wondered if Bibb’s account was so impassioned because he was trying to make a point and really convey his message to the reader. Perhaps in the other interviews, it was as you stated, altered by the writer or the former slaves were afraid of recrimination if they talked too much about the cruelty they were subjected to.

    • I think it’s important to look at things and be speculative to whether the author is trying to push a narrative or not, in terms of Bibb’s account I suppose its possible that he would write it in a way rouse people and push for abolition. It could also be possible that the interviewees felt pressured to give a less harsh depiction of slavery but I doubt this was actually the case. I don’t think its too far fetched to believe that some slave owners were actually kind to their slaves.

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