Innovative Use of the Platform: Quantrill’s Raid Reenacted On Twitter

If we let them, social media channels can turn into a mushy wasteland of unwanted advice and inane updates. But rotting apples do not define the orchard. Let’s look at the fruit on the trees.

On the night of August 20, 1863, proslavery guerrillas from Missouri set off to attack the antislavery stronghold of Lawrence, Kansas, burning it to the ground and killing at least 150 people.

Quantrill’s Raid of Lawrence, now 150 years old, is being reenacted on Twitter using letters and witness accounts from Lawrence townspeople of the time, as well as Union soldiers, and proslavery leader William Quantrill.

The Twitter reenactment is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council along with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Follow the action under the hashtag #qr1863 or follow this Twitter list.

Hat Tip: Boing Boing

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.