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Is Weird Al Really A Time Traveler?

Posted 06.04.2013 | Comedy

We all know Weird Al is basically immortal. How else to you explain the fact that his career has lasted longer than most of the artists he's parodied?...

Iran-Syria Alliance: Why the United States and Western Allies Should Not Intervene in Syria?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Democratization is not a simple process that is achievable overnight. I have several family members who have lost their lives in the battle against the police-state of Syria. Unfortunately, democratization is a messy and bloody process that necessitates sacrifices.

The NRA and Our Flag

Robert Slayton | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Memorial Day started as an honorable idea, to help heal the union, and to honor pain and sacrifice of all soldiers. It was not meant, and should never mean, to honor those who took arms against this nation.

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclaimation, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Brings Up Her Unusual Collection During Debate | John Celock | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

A Republican state legislator in New Hampshire announced during a legislative debate Wednesday that she has a shrine to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee...

New NRA President Talked 'Fake' President Obama, 'War Of Northern Aggression'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

The National Rifle Association chose its new president earlier this week, selecting Jim Porter, a 64-year-old Alabama attorney and the organization's ...

SOLVED: Mystery Of Shooting That Killed Confederate General

Posted 05.09.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 05/01/2013 06:03 PM EDT on Thanks to astronomy, the 19th century mystery surrounding the death of Confede...

A Brief History of Western 'Jihadists'

Khaled Diab | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

What the hype over European Muslims fighting in Syria overlooks is that Westerners have been volunteering for what you can call "jihad" in foreign lands for centuries.

A Decapitation Plot?

Edward Jay Epstein | Posted 06.15.2013 | Crime
Edward Jay Epstein

As all the world knows by now, Lincoln was assassinated by the actor John Wilkes Booth, who was shot to death by federal troops. Since then Booth has in the popular mind become the template for the crazed lone assassin. In fact, Booth was not the only assassin at work that night.

PHOTOS: Satirical Images Of Civil War Reenactments

Posted 04.12.2013 | Books

Anderson Scott is a photographer based in Atlanta who has spent a lot of time around Confederate Civil War Reenactments, and a book of his images, Whi...

Today In 1865: Civil War Document Changed A Nation

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant after the final battle at the Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865,...

Belittling Tormentors Allows Us to Be Free

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

One of the most effective methods to triumph over fear is to cease mentally aggrandizing the object of your fear.

The Road to Damascus Is Fraught With Pitfalls -- for the U.S.

Claude Salhani | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

U.S. troops to help stop a civil war in an Arab and/or Muslim country? Hold on just a minute! Rewind the tape. The last two Muslim nations in which the U.S. intervened militarily -- Afghanistan and Iraq -- actually helped ignite and perpetuate a civil war.

Transformed by History: Gettysburg College's Call to Service

Janet Riggs | Posted 05.29.2013 | College
Janet Riggs

When the Civil War made its way to Pennsylvania, Gettysburg College stood in its midst. Forty eight of the 116 students enrolled in the College at that time abandoned their studies and joined Company A, 26th Pennsylvania Emergency Militia Regiment.

The Pinks: A Lesson in Civil War History and Physical Theater

NYC-ARTS | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts

The dialogue targets empathy for these nuanced female characters. "Me? The villain of this story?" says Greenhow to Pinkerton. "It's all a matter of perspective."

How The South Still Lies About The Civil War

Salon | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics

In the course of our conversation, Yacine Kout mentioned something else—an incident that had happened the previous spring at Eastern Randolph High S...

Missing: Leadership and Core Values

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Is this the best we have to pass on to our children and grandchildren and the next generation of leaders the nation and world need today and tomorrow? Do corporate profits from dangerous products or harmful practices trump children's security and safety in our nation?

The Fire That Claimed 21 Lives In D.C. During The Civil War

Ghosts of D.C. | Andrea Pawley | Posted 03.13.2013 | DC

This is a first guest post by D.C. history blog Ghosts of DC. It was written by GODC contributor Andrea Pawley. View of Washington Arsenal ca 1860,...

The Fetish of States' Rights

Steven Conn | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

Perhaps it is time to acknowledge that our current system of federalism is an 18th century anachronism at best, at worst a constitutional ploy that has historically enabled the majority to tyrannize minorities.

My Early Fascination With War

Tom Cramer | Posted 05.01.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

As a little kid in the early 1970s, I was fascinated with war. All my buddies were, too. We couldn't help it. As a boy, the image of the World War II American soldier as hero was inescapable.

Dixie's Enemy Within: How the Ideology of White Supremacy Undermined the South's Own War Effort

Colin Woodard | Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices
Colin Woodard

Wars have often unleashed forces the warring parties hadn't expected and couldn't control. The U.S. Civil War was no exception. Southerners launched the war to preserve slavery, and President Abraham Lincoln responded to save the Union.

Why I'm Rooting for Tommy Lee Jones

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
The Zinn Education Project

In the 2012 movie Lincoln, Stevens is cast as the radical whom Lincoln must tame to ensure passage of the 13th Amendment. This is Hollywood drama. The ardent abolitionist was as cagey a politician as Lincoln, and needed no persuasion to support his life's goal.

Mississippi Finally Ratifies Amendment Banning Slavery

Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

Mississippi lawmakers have officially ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which banned slavery in 1865. One hundred forty-eight years...

Rosa Parks' Grandfather

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 04.13.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Many of Detroit's youth arts organizations are intentionally carrying forward the inheritance that we honor by remembering figures like Dr. King and Mother Parks, as she is affectionately called among Detroiters.

KKK Planning Largest Rally Ever in Memphis

Keith Thomson | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Keith Thomson

On Tuesday the Memphis City Council passed a resolution to rename three Confederate-themed public parks in Memphis, including one named after the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.