Themes . . .As themes for the four year commemorative effort, the group has adopted "North Carolina and the Civil War: Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory." Each theme will be explored across all aspects of the war years:
Emancipation, Secession and constitutional theory, and other topics.
Home front issues, Confederate soldiers, United States Colored Troops, Women's issues, Unionists, and other topics.
The "Lost Cause" mythology, Confederate Memorials, Northern concepts of the war, African Americans' struggle to keep their history alive during the "Lost Cause" era, Negro History Week, and other topics.