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Confederate Socialists of America

John A. Tures | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Much has been written about President Lincoln's Administration, which has been called everything from socialist to downright tyrannical. What people don't know is that the Confederate States of America was pretty similar in its behavior.

Defending Robert E. Lee

Barry D. Wood | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Barry D. Wood

Led by its white mayor Mitch Landrieu, the city council of New Orleans on December 17th voted with a 6-1 majority to remove four statues honoring the ...

House Republicans Fail to Learn From the Political Mistakes of the Confederacy

John A. Tures | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The Confederacy wasn't even a system of states' rights. It was this mentality that each and every rebellious legislator was a king, and knew better than anyone else. Every other legislator was an opponent standing in the way.

The Strange Political Culture of Today's GOP

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Whatever that political culture valued most highly, achieving good results clearly was not it. Now the same seems true of today's Republican Party, whose base lies in that same region. And how can one expect indifference to good results to lead to anything but damage to the nation?

University Of Texas Will Remove Jefferson Davis Statue

AP | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.13.2015 | College

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The University of Texas will move a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis away from the center of campus, but statues...

S.C. House Approves Bill To Remove Confederate Flag From Statehouse

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

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The Uses and Misuses of History: On Jefferson Davis, Thomas More, Martin Luther, and Other Villains

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

If the Jeff Davis Highway is renamed, I certainly will not shed a tear, but the symbolism of such a renaming is meaningless unless it is followed by concrete action tackling today's racial disparities. History should not be allowed to weigh us down and distract us from the issues and problems of our time.

When Events Amaze

Andy Schmookler | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

This past week has been one of those special times that prove how unpredictable the flow of events can be. It is an important realization, in our dark era in America, to recognize that our sense of what's possible is likely way too constricted. It tells us that it is never appropriate to yield entirely to despair because we "know" that there's no way things can turn around and get better.

Amanda Terkel

The United States Capitol Is Basically A Confederate Statue Bazaar | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As tributes to the Confederacy fall in the wake of the Charleston shooting -- 150 years after the actual fall of the Confederacy -- the ...

Schools Reconsider Confederate Mascots In Wake Of Charleston Shooting

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

In the wake of last week’s Charleston shooting, state and local governments around the country are taking efforts to get rid of Confederate symbols ...

Ryan Grim

Mitch McConnell Calls On Kentucky To Move Jefferson Davis Statue | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) called on his home state of Kentucky to consider moving its statue of Confederate President J...

Amanda Terkel

The Confederacy Is Still Celebrated All Over America. Send Us A Photo From Your Town. | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of last week's racist massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, there has been a...

Julia Craven

The Civil War Was About Slavery. Confederate Leaders Were Very Clear. | Julia Craven | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

Symbols of the Confederacy are an inescapable fact of life in Southern states. The Confederate flag is displayed prominently near the South Carolina s...

The Jefferson Davis Statue at the University of Texas Should Be Removed

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 06.22.2015 | College
Mark Yzaguirre

We can't change the past, but we can certainly change how we commemorate it and that will influence the future. For those reasons, I'd say that removing the Jefferson Davis statue from one of America's great public universities is something worth doing.

At the University of Texas, Echoes of its Confederate Past Reverberate in the Present

Travis Knoll | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Travis Knoll

Instead of promoting outdated values, the University should vigorously reeducate its students, if not by removing the statues, at least rededicating the them in a way as to tell the story of the tragedy of needless blood spilled, not of a "glorious past" that existed only in the minds of those who refused to let go.

Texas Students Attack Statue Of Confederate President

AP | DAVID WARREN | Posted 05.09.2015 | College

DALLAS (AP) -- Pity Jefferson Davis, if you will. Vandals have defaced his statue on the University of Texas campus, most recently with the words "Dav...

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

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 06.22.2015 | 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.

The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis In The Senate

The Daily Beast | Philip Dray | Posted 01.07.2015 | Black Voices

In late January 1870 a tall, heavy-set man in his late forties, black but of light complexion, strode purposefully into the corridors of the U.S. Capi...

Confederate Heroes Have Their Own Medal Of Honor

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics

HANCOCK, Md. (AP) — The Medal of Honor, created by Congress during the Civil War as America's highest military decoration for valor, was never meant...

Race and Murder in America from the Time of Jefferson Davis to Jordan Davis

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.25.2014 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

Every life matters. When someone is murdered, the loss cannot be measured. Hearing the grief, the real despair about the future in this country for African Americans expressed after the announcement of the Jordan Davis verdict made me think about the past.

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.

For Mississippi, An Angst-Filled Civil War Anniversary

AP | Posted 08.19.2012 | Black Voices

JACKSON, Miss. -- In a story Aug. 17 about the angst felt in Mississippi during the anniversary of the Civil War, The Associated Press reported errone...

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...

At My Congressman's Office

Gale Walden | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics
Gale Walden

On Tuesday, the day after President Obama gave his explanation for what was going on with the debt-ceiling crisis, and asked people to contact their congressman, I went with others to the Champaign, Illinois office of Timothy Johnson, my representative.

Thank You, Rand Paul (From a Historian)

Van Gosse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Van Gosse

I would like to thank Rand Paul for bringing history so vividly to contemporary light, if only I didn't think these elements of our history were far better left in the past.