It's been a tough year of flooding and tornadoes in the State of Iowa this year (2008). But, it is hard to compare it to our nation's struggles during The Civil War (1861-65).
No question, the film by Ken Burns on The Civil War captures the pain of a nation at war. Iowa Public Television has been running the series the past couple of Sundays.
It's a brilliant production of music, pictures and stories our country's darkest days. I find my interest for history strengthened by the series. Our family had the pleasure of going to Springfield, Illinois a couple of years ago to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.