The Blog

At its core, Civil Discourse offers fresh and thought-provoking content via our blog, which delves into one of the richest and most significant eras in American history:  the 19th-century.

Examining the era via a range of perspectives and lenses (political, cultural, social, gender, and military, among others), Civil Discourse invites you to read our thoughts and share your own.

About Us

While we at Civil Discourse strive to present a wide variety of topics and viewpoints, our content is ultimately a product of our own experiences.  Learn more about Civil Discourse by checking out our mission statement and authors' bios. 

Featured Blog Post

We periodically highlight content that has us thinking, arguing, reflecting, and learning. 

Recently, Zac Cowsert explored the unfortunate circumstances of the death of Private Ludwig Salzwedel, his family's cover-up of Ludwig's true death back home, and the power and problems with competing narratives of history.

The "Derangement" and Death of Private Ludwig Salzwedel: A Suicide and Cover-Up in the Civil War