It is exactly 150 years since our ancestors launched the first salvos that began the bloodiest, costliest war America has ever fought.

What if in 1861 a cable news network existed to broadcast the events of the day?

A news show with colorful, opinionated pundits in front of the cameras to discuss the pros and cons, the ups and downs, and the ins and outs of the ongoing American Civil War.

A news show with eyewitness reporters in the field to cover the human drama playing out in the halls of power, on the streets, and on the battlefields.

We think it would look something like


April 1, 1861

April 11, 1861

April 12, 1861

April 15, 1861

May 10, 1861

May 24, 1861

10 Responses to

  1. Are y’all gonna replace the Confederate Battle Flag with the proper one? If you want to do something right, then do it right.

  2. Interesting. I see the news anchors of the 1860’s reported with the same media bias they use today. And by the way, I don’t think the Confederate Battle Flag was in use in April of 1861. You should have used the First National Flag of the Confederacy, AKA the “Stars and Bars”.

    Janet Whaley says:

    You have put together a wonderful synthesis of 1860’s news in a 2011 format. I’m sure most history teachers will be ecstatic, as it is something that appeals to today’s sensibilities.

    Thanks so much. I’m spreading the word.

    Janet Whaley, Program Chair

    Civil War Round Table of San Gabriel Valley

  3. A great,creative idea whose time is now. While 43% of high school students can’t name one founding
    father; 73% can’t distinguish between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and
    American history scores are lower than math and science rates, you have produced a “hip,mod,today”
    educational tool that could have a substantial impact on how we teach what kids universally
    label “boring” history.
    Bravo ! Don’t be deterred. Persist. You will make a difference.

  4. You should add comercials.

    Ellen Lynch says:

    I love it …. can’t wait for more!

  5. This is great! I really hope you can keep it going. If not weekly, then monthly.

  6. This has to be the most creative, interesting critique of modern politics on the Web. Not only is it executed well with brilliant writing, great acting and seamless production value, but it is content-gold with historically accurate, yet surprisingly relevant and timely information that directly reference today’s challenging political arena, all told through the tales of the civil war. This is mandatory viewing for anyone who wants to stay educated in the art of politics!

  7. This is a great project and I am going to be using a lot of these in my 8th grade American History classes. Thanks for all your work and research!

  8. This is very thought provoking. I do believe the outcome could have been different with today’s constant barrage of media coverage/distortion. Thanks for a really interesting video.

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