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American Civil War

Ben Carson's Not the First Politician to Draw Ridiculous Parallels to Slavery

Ethan J. Kytle | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Ethan J. Kytle

These slavery analogies betray a profound indifference to, if not ignorance of, the tragic plight of bondsmen and women. Yet Americans--from Patriots and Loyalists during the Revolution to Ben Carson today--have felt comfortable likening human bondage to high taxes, unjust laws, black enfranchisement, or, in Carson's case, national healthcare and abortion.

'Our Baby Boy' -- Remembering the Dead of Antietam

Tanya D. Marsh | Posted 10.27.2015 | Travel
Tanya D. Marsh

I'd never visited Antietam, but was struck by the description of the battle in the excellent documentary Death and the Civil War. A "quick" detour turned into a 3-hour visit as the afternoon sun faded. I'm so glad I took the time.

5 Ghostly Legends of the Civil War

The Lineup | Posted 10.23.2015 | Weird News
The Lineup

Credit: Wikimedia Commons By Steven Casale The death toll of the American Civil War was unprecedented in our nation's history--an estimated 620,000...

So Long, Boehner: Congress Needs a Speaker Who Can Compromise

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Harlow Giles Unger

With Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, on his way out, Republicans in Congress must replace him with a member who understands the job of the Speaker: to unite rather than divide Americans. The nation's survival may well depend on finding such a person.

From the Folks Who Brought You the Civil War: The Political Legacy of Slavery

Mark Stoll | Posted 09.07.2015 | Politics
Mark Stoll

"The Hermitage by Jim Bowen" by Jim Bowen from Zhenhai, China - Andrew Jackson's Home. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons. Church burnings, police...

The South Seemed Pretty Sure It Was Fighting for Slavery

Larry Womack | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Larry Womack

It is only very recently, as the debate over the confederate flag has been renewed, that I have come to realize just how deeply the myth that the Civil War wasn't really about slavery has taken root.

I'm Not A Very Good Southerner

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Anthony Hatcher

If you honor pre-emancipation Southern heritage, you are honoring a society that engaged in the buying and selling of human beings. As for the plethora of Confederate monuments that dot the South, at the very least let's drop the pretense about the war they represent.

One for All: The American Soldier Proves Sacrifice Is a Family Issue

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.22.2015 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

Taurel explores the many faces of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), painting a detailed portrait of the military experience which explains that when trauma strikes one, it affects all.

Public Opinion on the Confederate Flag and the Civil War

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.18.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

The Confederate flag is gone from the South Carolina statehouse. But public opinion on the meaning of the symbols of the Confederacy remains divided along racial and regional lines, part of a larger disagreement over the significance of the Civil War revealed in multiple polls.

The Confederate Flag: Racist, or Just Ignorant? (Hint: It Doesn't Matter)

Liam Miller | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Liam Miller

If there were ever a tangible symbol (and it's hard to imagine a more tangible one, in that flags are specifically intended to be physical symbols) of sheer, obdurate cluelessness about race relations, it's the Confederate Flag's prominence in parts of this country.

William T. Sherman and Nathan Bedford Forrest: Civil War Criminals

John A. Tures | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

William T. Sherman in the field was a disaster. He allowed the Union army at Shiloh to be completely surprised by Johnston's attack, leading the Northern Army to come within an eyelash of being completely smashed, even as junior officers begged him to take precautions days earlier.

At the University of Texas, Echoes of its Confederate Past Reverberate in the Present

Travis Knoll | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Travis Knoll

Instead of promoting outdated values, the University should vigorously reeducate its students, if not by removing the statues, at least rededicating the them in a way as to tell the story of the tragedy of needless blood spilled, not of a "glorious past" that existed only in the minds of those who refused to let go.

The Civil War's Forgotten Battlefield

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 05.04.2015 | Travel
Mark Yzaguirre

In many ways, the Battle of Palmito Ranch was a minor battle over the much larger issues that would define the political terms in North America in the middle of the 19th Century.

Civil War at 150: Appomattox Was Not the End

William Bradley | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

"There was a great humorless arrogance about him, for he had never been blessed with a moment of self-doubt. He liked to say that he was in morals, no...

My Conversation on the Legacy of the Civil War, 150 Years Later

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.09.2015 | TV
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined by Daina Ramey Berry, Eric Walther, and Allyson Hobbs, three scholars of American history, to unpack the causes and consequences -- both immediate and enduring -- of the deadliest war in U.S. history. In the clip the panel reflects on the period of Reconstruction immediately following the war, and on the incompleteness of a landless emancipation.

A Century of Progress

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.

'Do You See What I See': The Debate Over Black Confederates

Jim Downs | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Jim Downs

Doing black history means more than just finding black people in the archives and stating whether they did or did not do something.

Thanksgiving and Civil War

Honor Sachs | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Honor Sachs

Few ever stop to think why we celebrate this moment. When you think about it, it does not make a lot of sense. We have a national holiday to celebrate an obscure dinner party that took place almost four hundred years ago. Why? How did this come to be?

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Dane Elliott Lewis, Civil War Reinactor

Ian Spanier | Posted 01.26.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Lewis grew up as one of just a handful of African-Americans in a small town along the Hudson River in Westchester County, New York. He really began ...

Maryland's Emancipation and the Homecoming of Frederick Douglass

Paul Kendrick | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Paul Kendrick

Frederick Douglass had escaped slavery 26 years before, but when Maryland ended slavery, it took him only 16 days to return to Baltimore.

Suzan-Lori Parks Returns From the Wars Triumphant

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.28.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There is enough in the characters and the dialogue -- even in the costumes, with some actors drifting on wearing basketball sneakers -- to tell us that Father Comes Home is a play of ideas and freedom that directly speaks to us, here in the 21st century.

An All-But-Forgotten American Hero

Jamie Malanowski | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Jamie Malanowski

October 28 marks the 150th anniversary of what may well be the greatest individual feat of arms in American history.

Frederick Douglass Meets the Queen (a historical fiction)

Van Gosse | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Van Gosse

Douglass shook the Prince's hand and looked at him directly, knowing that what interested Albert was his refusal of servility.

Confederate's Gravestone Has Wrong Name, Won't Be Fixed

AP | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — A descendant of a Confederate soldier who died in a Civil War prison camp in New York says the wrong name is on his gravestone, ...

In 1864 Maryland, Confusion Over Emancipaton Made Slaves Interpreters of Law

Martha S. Jones | Posted 10.25.2014 | Black Voices
Martha S. Jones

In the midst of the Civil War, who was a slave and who was free? When African Americans in Maryland asked this question 150 years ago, in August 1864, they engaged in a sophisticated analysis.