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American Civil War

The Original "Forgotten Americans"

Matthew E. Stanley | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics
Matthew E. Stanley

If there has been one clear, repeatable pattern throughout American history, it is that any major instance of African American advancement has always been met with a massive white backlash

What do the American and Syrian Civil War Have in Common?

William Lambers | Posted 11.30.2016 | World
William Lambers

In the story Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O'Hara experiences the food shortages caused by America's Civil War. Hunger is a horrible fate that no one s...

Brexit: Is Britain the New Pakistan?

Bill Manson | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Bill Manson

When I was 13, at the Lycée Mignet, in Aix-en-Provence, France, my new friends told me I had to decide. Was I for the dream of a United Europe or against? "Oui" or "Non"? What you chose decided who your friends would be for the rest of the year.

Contesting Confederates in Charlottesville: The Hidden Histories Behind a Contemporary Debate

Ben Railton | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Ben Railton

That's the most vital point of the memorials debate: these statues and sites don't simply capture history, but rather the process by which we have constructed and remembered it.

There Are Likely More Annual Deaths From Gunshot Wounds in America Now Than There Were During the Civil War

Mike Weisser | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Two-thirds of all Civil War mortality, perhaps even higher on the rebel side, were not from battlefield injuries, but from contagious diseases which spread like veritable wildfire among stationery troops.

Richard T. Scott's Americana

Brandon Kralik | Posted 03.15.2016 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

Richard T. Scott's AMERICANA is an exhibition of paintings that aims for the core of what has happened to the American dream. Interesting that they a...

'No Shred of Evidence,' A Conversation with Charles Todd

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.22.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Charles Todd Who is Charles Todd? If you aren't familiar with "his" many previous novels, you might be surprised to learn Charles Todd is the...

Mortality Now: Top 5 Reminders of Death for Aging Baby Boomers

Gary Laderman | Posted 02.05.2017 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Memento Mori. Remember, you will die. Not a pleasant thought, yet one that has universal application because it is an unavoidable truth. The vanity of...

Mercy Street - wounding and caring, and more wounding, and more caring during the American Civil War

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.14.2017 | Entertainment
Joseph Cooper

"Your dress is abominable, most abominable.... I do not wish my nurses to dress in that manner. These boys must be looking to their recuperation, no...

The Right Wing's Need for Enemies and the Damage to Our Nation

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

A train of thought I'd like to share: In a biography of Montaigne I've lately been reading (How to Live, by Sarah Bakewell), I came across a passage ...

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

Ethan J. Kytle | Posted 11.13.2016 | 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 10.27.2016 | 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 10.23.2016 | 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 09.25.2016 | 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 09.06.2016 | 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 08.06.2016 | 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 07.23.2016 | 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 07.22.2016 | 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 07.17.2016 | 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 06.24.2016 | 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 06.10.2016 | 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 05.22.2016 | 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 05.03.2016 | 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.