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Civil War

Honoring President Abraham Lincoln's Life in the Middle of the Deep South

John A. Tures | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

President Lincoln may have died before he could have brought the North and South together, but 150 years after his death, his spirit still lives on, even in places you once couldn't imagine it would.

I Give America 75 Years... 100 at Most

Jim Moore | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is a more present death awaiting Americans, and it, too, involves entropy and ultimate hopelessness.

Saluting Muslim American Patriots

Craig Considine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Muslim Americans who have served in the U.S. military are an important reminder that Americans are not bound by religion, but by values that extend beyond their ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Proof That The Civil War Was Fought Over Slavery

John A. Tures | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

As the 150th Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia rolls around, some armchair historians and pundits are still battling over what the Civil War was about. It's time to go beyond the rhetoric and read the evidence.

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 04.09.2015 | 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.

The Civil War Ended 150 Years Ago Today

AP | By STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — The surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago Thursday effectively ended t...

Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.

150 Years Ago, the Confederate Constitution Used Mike Pence's View of 'Religious Freedom' to Justify Slavery

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Until God comes down and tells the world that florists and pizza parlors shouldn't serve the LGBT community, it's best to keep bizarre religious interpretations away from refusing service to other American citizens. Religious freedom shouldn't be a way to discriminate or justify hatred and intolerance.

Virginia Gentlewomen

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.06.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The daughter of a free white man and an enslaved black woman, she sued for her freedom. Through petition, her case was sent to the Virginia General Assembly and she was freed in 1656.

Lessons from the Battlefield

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a community that was there for the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and educator to the commanders of our all our modern conflicts, has dedicated its resources to fighting the war on the poor. But the evidence this loving community has gathered on the battlefield is ignored.

Wine From Civil War-Era Shipwreck To Be Uncorked In South Carolina

Reuters | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C., March 6 (Reuters) - An intact bottle of wine recovered four years ago from the wreck of a Civil Wa...

5 Female Fashion Pioneers You've Probably Never Heard of

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.04.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As I read Diane von Furstenberg's biography, The Woman I Wanted to Be, I was reminded of the significant role of women in the world of fashion. Match the following women with her accomplishment.

Saturday Marks 150th Anniversary of Congress Outlawing U.S. Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Free The Slaves

January 31st marks a monumental moment in the history of slavery in the United States. On that date 150 years ago, the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

'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.

20 Strange and Surprising Reasons to Visit These Northeast Towns

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

As a travel writer open and game to exploring the offbeat and oddball within a few hours or one day's drive of New York City (Virginia to Maine), I've stumbled on some pretty bizarre, eccentric and/or downright weird things. Here's just a sampling from this year's explorations.

Maryland She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Harriet Tubman was born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 1849, when she was about 30, her owner died. Believing she was going to be sold, she escaped and made her way to Philadelphia.

Awakening the 'We the People' Within

Annabel Park | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Annabel Park

What would happen if all of us critically examined our basic story of America and see if those stories cause us to make assumptions about people in our lives? What would happen if people could meet each other and see unique individuals with unique stories rather than characters in a pre-existing, pre-scripted story?

America's Racial Issues and the 'Dance With Dragons'

John A. Tures | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

As America wrestles with lingering issues of race, it's also anticipating a new HBO season of Game of Thrones. Surprisingly, the two are intertwined, as the television version of George R. R. Martin's latest book has something to say about the issues the United States must confront.

Book Notes: Gary Hart and Abe Lincoln

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Books
Tom Alderman

To a tsunami of Lincoln lit, please add Todd Brewster's detailed reporting, Lincoln's Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War. This is a seven-hour-and-14-minute audiobook about one president's extraordinary executive action.

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.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Jamaican Dancehall Culture Gets the Visual Treatment

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.19.2015 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Wi lickle but wi tallawah: It is a common expression in Jamaica that means despite its small physical size the island of Jamaica is powerful, fearless and strong-willed. Visual artist Andre Woolery has taken inspiration from that saying for his latest collection

'The War on Christmas' -- A Film by Ken Burns

Perry Block | Posted 01.11.2015 | Comedy
Perry Block

It is a brutal war. One that pits brother against brother, elf against gnome, reindeer against reindeer, and worst of all, Santa Claus vs. the Martians.

Civil War Officer To Receive Medal of Honor

AP | By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weak and bleeding, a Union Army officer who stood fast commanding his artillery battery and was killed as thousands of Confederate...

Tuning In to the Song of the South in Macon

Kari Haugeto | Posted 01.05.2015 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Macon is an ever-changing symphony of sound and sights well worth exploring.