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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.

A Resident Reports on Northern Nigeria

Margee Ensign | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Margee Ensign

From the air the city looks like any other on a Sunday afternoon-many children were out playing soccer and thousands of motorcycles could be seen movi...

Western Amnesia Encourages Atrocity in Sudan

Sarah Kenyon Lischer | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Sarah Kenyon Lischer

If we cannot promise 'never again' to all the world's victims of atrocity, ethnic cleansing, and genocide, we can at least remember Sudan. Continued amnesia will surely bring delusion and disaster.

PHOTOS: 2011: A Year Of Anniversaries

Posted 12.30.2011 | Home

Each year, Getty Images compiles its "Year in Focus", a curated collection of some of the best images of the year that were captured by Getty Images' ...

Civil War's 150th Stirs A Trove Of Memories

AP | By STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 12.27.2011 | Impact

RICHMOND, Va. -- A diary with a lifesaving bullet hole from Gettysburg. An intricate valentine crafted by a Confederate soldier for the wife he would ...

Arlington To Rip Up, Rename Old Jeff Davis Highway

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.21.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It's the end of the road for Old Jefferson Davis Highway. Once upon a time, the United Daughters of the Confederacy had envisioned a tra...

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.

Lincoln's Cottage Shows Images Of Wartime In D.C.

AP | Posted 12.13.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- President Abraham Lincoln's Cottage in Washington is opening a new exhibit featuring images of wartime in the nation's capital during th...

Americans Are Greater Together

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

"We all do better when we all do better." Republicans don't ascribe to that. They want to set up a country where every person is responsible for every aspect of daily life, from ensuring drinking water is safe to reducing workplace hazards.

Yes, Virginia (And Maryland), Santa Is An Abolitionist

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.09.2011 | DC

If you thought that Santa only cared about making children happy everywhere, there's one facet of Santa's personal history you might not know: During ...

Lincoln: "Labor Is the Superior of Capital"

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

During my two years in Congress, I heard an awful lot of speeches, but none of them was as profound and poignant as the one that I'm about to share with you.

Major Black History Landmark Restored In Boston

AP | By BOB SALSBERG | Posted 11.28.2011 | Black Voices

BOSTON -- Step into the sanctuary of the African Meeting House and you will walk on the same ancient floorboards where Frederick Douglass, William Llo...

As Assad Regime Disintegrates, What Will Happen to Its Huge Chemical Weapons Stockpile?

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Alan Elsner

As Syria teeters ever closer to civil war, one little-discussed danger concerns the fate of its stockpile of deadly chemical weapons, possibly the largest in the world.

This Week In The Civil War

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 11.20.2011 | DC

-- This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Nov. 20: Federal forces this week in 1861 continue to press their blockade of the Southern coast....

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.

Weirdest Bucket List Ever?

John Blumenthal | Posted 01.17.2012 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

After much prodding from my mortician, I've finally decided to put together my bucket list. I probably should have written it years ago since I'm beyond middle age now and a little decrepit, but better late than never.

Refugee Reeducation: Teens Find New Home At The Global Village School

Posted 11.16.2011 | Impact

Bertha Nibigira, a Burundi student, says she had never read a book before being enrolling at Decatur, Georgia's Global Village School . Nibigira is...

Censoring God From FDR's Memory

Conrad Black | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Conrad Black

The effort by junior administration officials to prevent the addition of any references to God from the speeches recorded on plaques at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC, is an outrage.

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.

Guatemalans Bury 9 Killed By Guerrillas In 1982

AP | Posted 12.29.2011 | World

GUATEMALA CITY -- Residents of a rural Guatemalan town have finally buried in their own cemetery nine men killed by guerrillas in 1982. The dead are ...

Perry's Position -- Today -- On a Texas Confederate Flag License Plate

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Texas has been toying with the idea of issuing a so-called "vanity" license plate that contains the Confederate battle flag. A vote on this controver...

New Report Highlights South's Civil War Hangover

Andy Brack | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Andy Brack

Although today's South is a diverse economic engine, it still has educational, environmental, poverty, health and other challenges brought on, in large part, by a long period of neglect following the Civil War.

Gadsby's Tavern Civil War Dinner: Inspired, In Part, By History

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.05.2011 | DC

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town is hosting a five-course Civil War wine dinner on Oct. 14 with a menu that includes beef in puff pastry...

PHOTOS: Alexandria During the Civil War

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.26.2011 | DC

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- On Oct. 5, Lyceum will host "A Visual Tour of Civil War Alexandria," a lecture by Wally Owen, assistant director of Fort Ward Museu...

There Will Be No Civil War in Syria

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 11.08.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

In Syria, there are no symptoms of civil war, only state brutality against peaceful protesters. Suggesting otherwise only helps justify such brutality and doubt the intentions of the protesters, even before these get a day in the sun without fear from Assad's repression.