Zhidong Wu

  • In my idea, Beall was framed by others.

    There were some supportive evidence against the government’s decisions. For example, he and his defenders believed that Beall was thought to be a spy because he was not b […]

  • I agree with you that war put women into a different and tough living condition. They had to do a lot more than in normal life. I think this is a good point to be researched and studied. It can reflect a different perspective about civil war.

  • I opened some sources you post. I found they are very interesting. Those sources provide me with a deeper understanding about the social position of black soldiers during that period. There is no doubt that Lincoln made a great contribution to abolish slavery. He tried to give slaves freedom and change their living condition.

  • I like the sources you mentioned in the post. I found those sources are very useful and practical sources. These sources include both primary and secondary sources. They offer a lot of convincing and supportive information. We should admit that black soldiers’ lives were not as good as white solders’. Black soldiers received different tre…[Read more]

  • I agree with you that a large number of soldiers is one of the causes to insufficient supplies. This would become a negative circle that insufficient supplies caused more injuries. What’s more, this would be considered as one cause to the defeat of battle. On the contrary, as for soldiers who get enough or excessive supplies, those supplies may b…[Read more]

  • Part one

    My findings are as follows.

    In the first place, there were about 350 0000 people involved in the American Civil War according to the history books. At the very beginning of the civil war, the number […]

    • The fact that the North lost more men to battle and disease than the South surprises me every time I see that stat. The North had way more men and should’ve crushed the South, but the South had better fighters and were able to kill off more men, but ultimately got overwhelmed by the larger number of Union troops.

    • I like that you are also considering the positive effects of the war! People are always focused on the most obvious consequences of something but there is always the other side. I am considering technology, which people often think of having positive consequences, and I am making sure that I am looking at the pros and cons.

      It’ll be interesting to look at the disadvantages of the South– I can’t imagine trying to start up a whole new country. To have to coordinate leaders, new laws, and then all of a sudden deal with a war.

  • I agree with you that compass rose plays a very important role in making comparison between two maps. At the same time, landmarks are necessary tools to analyze maps. When I read different maps, distinguishing directions and landmarks are the first job that I need to do.

  • I think if it were possible for historians to tour the site, historians would be very happy to do that. Touring the site its the most accurate way for historians to know what did happen during that time. I think it is a little bit difficult for historians to read different maps. They need to collect different data and distinguish real data from fake data.

  • After reading your post, I think being a historian is a very difficult position. There are a lot of material which are used to depict an event. Different material show different details. Reading those different details provide historians different understanding towards the same event.

  • In your post, I think you made a very good statement that different narratives can tell different stories on the same thing. The reason is that they add some personal or subjective feelings towards the same story. Therefore, we may read different stories on the same fact. It is very difficult for us to determine who told the truth or whose…[Read more]

  • I select H.W. Halleck’s report in terms of the Battle of Shiloh, who was a major-general commander at that time.

    On the one hand, he led Ulysses Simpson Grant to fight forwards from Tennessee River. On the o […]

    • I agree that historians are faced with a big challenge when trying to determine events based on primary sources. I found there to be a variation between the primary maps of Shiloh since most of them were hand drawn by different artist and therefore not uniform. I would guess that historians also work with archeologists to find evidence left behind on battle fields that would help them piece together what really happened.

    • I think you brought up a really good point about looking at the account of both sides (confederate and federacy) when historians make the battle maps. Both sides would have different opinions on what happened and historians would have to try to piece together and figure out the real story, which would be rather difficult.

    • It’s a good point to analysis the battle from both sides if we have enough details. And it’s great to follow the generals footsteps on the primary maps. The primary maps are more clear about the direction of all the bettle field and landscape. Also, if we can find a useful secondary map which match the battle described in the report. It would be a lot of details from the map to fill in our informations for the battle, and help historians a lot to do research on it.

    • You are correct in saying that you need accounts from both sides to get what really happened in a situation. In wars, the winning side usually gets to tell everyone what happened and make everyone think what they say happened, but it is important to hear both sides of a story.

  • I choose Walt Whitman’s poem Come Up from the Fields Father as my object.

    As we know from Assignment 2, the breakout of the Civil War had a bearing on slavery system. Leaders of the North area wanted to set sa […]

  • I agree with you that slaves want to fight against their living condition. However, there were so many restrictions putting on slaves. What slaves could do was very little to protect themselves. Their life was controlled by others. I agree with you that the interviewee was too young. Although young interviewee may not offer convincing statements,…[Read more]

  • Reading your understanding about slavery makes me have clearer understanding about slavery. Different slaves have different experiences and stories, which reflect different perspectives of slavery. In general, slaves’ life experience were very hard and were filled with unequal treatment. As I get to know slaves more and more deeply, I feel much…[Read more]

  • Hi,
    Thank you very much for posting such detail reflection on slavery. Your post makes me have a better and deeper understanding about slavery. With the fact that no individual expressed a desire to go back to slavery, we can conclude that slavery period must put a very bad and hard memory on their life. From this study, we also should realize…[Read more]

  • With study of slavery history, it seems that we can find a part of answer to the race issue in the United States. To some extent, it is because how did white people treat black slaves that made discrimination happen between white people and black people. Therefore, it is very necessary to learn slavery history in order to better understand…[Read more]

  • Below are my understandings of slaves and slavery system, consisting my original understandings and further understandings after reading the interview I choose and Bibb’ account.

    The slavery system mainly r […]

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