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Old Courthouse, Warren County - Vicksburg, Mississippi: A Place Not to Be Missed

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.23.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

Traveling on a steamboat in the 21st century is not only unique but allows you to relive an era long past that was filled with beauty and strife. My recent journey on the American Queen Steamboat was such a trip.

Confederate History Month: An Embarrassing Abomination

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia all participate in this misguided paean to a troubling past. No, this is not the continuation of some long-standing tradition, but amazingly a creature of modern politics starting in 1994.

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.

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...

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.

One Man's Pastry Is Another Man's Poison

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

However foolish, corrupt, or hypocritical, you are free to pray as you like so long as you leave me out of it. Alas, godly zealots of every stripe reject that bargain. So we battle on.

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About MLK Day

John A. Tures | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The battle over MLK Day moved a Super Bowl. Southern states weren't the last to celebrate it. The law making it a national holiday was signed by a Republican President. And you'll never guess who voted for it in the U.S. Senate!

An All-But-Forgotten American Hero

Jamie Malanowski | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Jamie Malanowski

October 28 marks the 150th anniversary of what may well be the greatest individual feat of arms in American history.

From the Washington Redskins to the Jefferson Davis Highway

John R. Burbank | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
John R. Burbank

We have come a long way from slavery and segregation and racism. But we have a long way to go.

Oh Mercy Me, I Do Declare, I Have the Vapors

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Certainly one can rightly honor the bravery of fallen soldiers no matter whether they wore blue or grey. But honoring the man's bravery or military insights is not equivalent to honoring the cause for which he fought. The cause championed by the South should cover every American with shame.

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.

'Keep Alabama White' -- Really?

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

At the time of the Civil War, almost half the population of Alabama was Black. In 1963, a full 30 percent of the state's population was the same color. Keep Alabama White. Really?

Confederacy of Dunces: College Presidents, Lost Causes and the Abuse of History

W. Scott Poole | Posted 06.30.2014 | College
W. Scott Poole

The culture war skirmishes at the College of Charleston represent something more than Dixie-fried corruption and anti-intellectualism. They reflect the misuses of history that have long been a powerful political tool in the hands of white, conservative elites.

Is There Another Southern Narrative?

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 05.06.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

Is their a southern narrative other than one which lays proud claim to the Civil War? I think the answer here lies in a nostalgia for a simpler life, a life less corrupted by the influences of modernity.

The Mason-Dixon "Red State" Child Poverty Line

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

As long as the Southern White anti-government, anti-tax, anti-child, anti-poor, and anti-Black faction controls the party, no one of good conscience should run as, vote for, or identify with the Republican Party.

The New Civil War: Who Is to Blame?

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

This is a conflict between two different views of who we are, what's important, and where the U.S. is headed. It's a repeat of the ideological clash that resulted in the America's first Civil War. Who started this fight?

City Considers Renaming Street Tied To KKK

AP | JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa city councilors were expected to decide Thursday whether to rename a popular downtown street tied to a city founder who was...

A Challenge to African American Filmmakers

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 10.02.2013 | Books
M.W. Jacobs

There has yet to be a feature-length film devoted entirely and exclusively to the life experience of American slaves on the scale of the Southern white-suffering epics.

Mystic Chords of Memory and the 'Heroes' of War

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

When I first arrived in America a few years ago, one of the first things I noticed was the road name, Jefferson Davis Highway. For a moment, I wondere...

Petition Takes Aim At Confederate Memorial

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

It might be a well-known symbol of the state of Georgia, but a new online petition started by an Atlanta man seeks to have the Confederate Memorial Ca...

Rebel Yelp

Brian Palmer | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Brian Palmer

I knew it was counterintuitive for an African-American (me) to visit Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy two days before Martin Luther King Day and the second inauguration of our first black president. But I went anyway, because I'm on a journey into a past I didn't know I had.

3 Memphis Parks Drop Names That Honor Confederate Past

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2013 | Black Voices

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Three Memphis city parks that were named to honor the Confederacy have new names We...

Will Lincoln Win?

Sean Wilentz | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Sean Wilentz

For almost exactly a hundred years, Hollywood has been complicit -- no, salient -- in promoting pro-Confederate falsehoods about the Civil War and Reconstruction. Now Spielberg and Kushner and everyone involved in Lincoln have at last declared, "Enough!"

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.

Arpaio Accepted Award From Confederate Heritage Group

Salon | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics

While Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was denying allegations of racial profiling last year, he was accepting an award from The Sons of C...