June 19, 2019 (Wednesday)
Drive from Charleston SC to Atlanta GA
During the Civil Rights seminar we will be covering much of the Southeast, from South Carolina, to Georgia and Alabama. This morning we will cover the largest distance, travelling from Charleston to Atlanta, GA. Lest you think bus time will be an opportunity to catch up on sleep, be aware bus time will be used to share presentations, content lectures and pedagogical activities.
Sherman's' March to the Sea
From November 15 until December 21, 1864, Union General William T. Sherman led some 60,000 soldiers on a 285-mile march from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia. The purpose of this “March to the Sea” was to frighten Georgia’s civilian population into abandoning the Confederate cause. Sherman’s soldiers did not destroy any of the towns in their path, but they stole food and livestock and burned the houses and barns of people who tried to fight back. The Yankees were “not only fighting hostile armies, but a hostile people,” Sherman explained; as a result, they needed to “make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.”
Atlanta Historical Society
If you’re looking for history, knowledge and adventure, you’ve come to the right place. The Atlanta History Center is located in one of Atlanta’s most vibrant communities where the stories and mysteries of the region thrive. The 33-acre experience features award-winning exhibitions, featuring different eras in Atlanta's history, historic houses, and enchanting gardens.
Coming to term with our Confederate Past
Stone Mountain is a city near Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a gateway to Stone Mountain Park, named for the vast monolith at its center. Etched into the rock’s side, the Confederate Memorial Carving depicts Civil War generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, plus President Jefferson Davis. Buildings dating back to 1793 fill the park's Historic Square. At this unique site we will discuss how we understand and approach our Confederate past. We will eat dinner at Stone Mountain