Torn in Two at Osher Map Library
On display at Osher Map Library
April 2, 2013-August 22 2013
The American Civil War is one of the defining events in American history. To commemorate its 150th anniversary, Ford’s Theatre will present Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. This exhibition, created by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, takes a geographic and cartographic approach to exploring and illuminating the causes of the conflict, the conduct of the War and how the War was remembered in later years. It will showcase historic maps interwoven with photographs, prints, political cartoons, music and press of the period, largely from the Boston Public Library’s special collections.
The exhibition is divided into three major temporal sections. The initial section, “Rising Tensions,” examines the economic, social and political differences between North and South that led to war. “Nation in Conflict,” focuses on the War itself—the strategies and how it was conducted as well as how those at home followed the War’s progress and contributed to the war effort. And the final section, “Remembering Heroes,” documents the nation’s attempts to commemorate the battles and honor the lives that were lost during the War.