A great question from Manassas National Battlefield Park. Asking readers would you go to war in an attempt to make people second guess their usually passionate responses. The author invites us to use our hindsight to look back at the past and possibly decide different than our fore fathers did in the past.
- your decision in answering so quickly is a reflection of all of the modern day baggage you bring with you, individuals have literally buried the complexities faced by those who faced that decision in 1861.
- Consider the wide array of persons who had to make the decision, where they were living at the time, and the challenges that might be particular and representative to that locality.
- The real value in this is learning or becoming more aware of the context of that time in which they lived, and the challenges they faced in making a decision.
“I think the question isn’t as valuable to see where one (making that decision today, in retrospect) would stand, but I think it has a lot more value when it forces us to really think about all that they faced in making such a decision at that time.”