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Civil War Sesquicentennial

California's Forgotten Civil War

Kevin Waite | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Kevin Waite

The tragedy of slavery and the trauma of the Civil War have left legacies with which all Americans, from coast to coast and everywhere in between, continue to live.

150th Anniversary of the USS Monitor: Meet Civil War Naval Heroes Robert Williams and William Bryan

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.28.2012 | Good News
Megan Smolenyak

Under ideal circumstances, living relatives of both Williams and Bryan could provide DNA reference samples to compare against the remains to make the final assessment, but the obstacle is Williams' name.

Crew of the USS Monitor: Could Sailor Jacob Nicklis Be One of the Mystery Skeletons?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.25.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

The USS Monitor remained at the bottom of the ocean until 10 years ago when recovery efforts succeeded in bringing the ship to the surface. Along with the vessel was a surprise -- a pair of skeletons in the turret. But which of the 16 were they?

Men of the USS Monitor: Daniel Moore, African American Sailor and Hero

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.25.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Daniel Moore was one of the 16 sailors who went down with the USS Monitor. A former slave from Virginia, he enlisted in the Navy but would sadly have little time to enjoy his freedom before sacrificing his life in the service of his country.

Men of the USS Monitor: County Galway, Ireland is Home to Another American Hero

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Thomas Joice (who sometimes went by Joyce) was one of the 16 men who went down with the USS Monitor on Dec. 31, 1862. Some years ago, I researched him for a documentary and have continued to look into his past from time to time.

Touring the USS Monitor: George Frederickson of Denmark and Philadelphia

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.18.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

It's fast approaching the 150th anniversary of the active service of the USS Monitor, which went down in a storm off the coast of North Carolina on New Year's Eve, 1862.

USS Monitor: Could William Bryan Be One of the Skeletons in the Turret?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.09.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Launched in Brooklyn on January 30, 1862 and lost in a storm off Cape Hatteras on December 31st of the same year, its legacy has far outlasted its duration.

Educating for Democracy: Who Really Won the Civil War?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 06.18.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Given that the poorest part of the country has traditionally been the South it seems to me that instead of "spreading the wealth," national policy is going in the direction of "spreading the poverty."

Houses Tell Compelling Stories

Kate Kelly | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kate Kelly

Have you ever thought about who built your house? Who lived in it before you did? What their lives were like? Sometimes people find they relate more...

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil War's Sesquicentennial

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Today, on the threshold of the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we are fulfilling one part of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream: ...

Every Man His Own Historian

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

The right's twist of history to please its backers and fuel its agenda is a vigorous enterprise. Serious history, serious scholarship and serious discussion of facts and ideas are dismissed with tunnel vision.

House Bill Emphasizes US Military History

Ed Hooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Hooper

Congress is considering a resolution to declare November U.S. Military History Month. The truth is, soldiers are returning to a nation that no longer embraces their service as a serious educational subject.