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The Civil War

The Shadows of the Confederacy

John R. Burbank | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
John R. Burbank

Taking down the confederate flag is a constructive and symbolic financial decision for most corporations. Actually ceding power and income to workers, to pay taxes for education for all, to negotiate with workers as equal partners, those acts will be much harder to achieve.

The Trials of Freedom: The First Slave Freed by Lincoln - 20 Years before the Civil War

O'Brien Browne | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
O'Brien Browne

Carl Adams' book, Nance: Trials of the First Slave Freed by Abraham Lincoln, has just been honored with the Illinois State Historical Society Award of Merit for Scholarship and Creativity. I recently interviewed Adams at his home in Stuttgart, Germany.

Welcome to Baltimore! Welcome to America!

John R. Burbank | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
John R. Burbank

If you live in Baltimore, or anywhere in the United States, you shouldn't be surprised by the anger, the poverty, the police violence, and the hopelessness. All you have to do is sing the national anthem, written after witnessing the bombardment of Baltimore Harbor by the British during the War of 1812.

South Carolina Belles

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

In this blog, we'll learn about the contributions to our culture and economy from women with ties to South Carolina. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

Thanksgiving and Civil War

Honor Sachs | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Honor Sachs

Few ever stop to think why we celebrate this moment. When you think about it, it does not make a lot of sense. We have a national holiday to celebrate an obscure dinner party that took place almost four hundred years ago. Why? How did this come to be?

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Dane Elliott Lewis, Civil War Reinactor

Ian Spanier | Posted 01.26.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Lewis grew up as one of just a handful of African-Americans in a small town along the Hudson River in Westchester County, New York. He really began ...

The Bohemians of San Francisco

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.04.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

If, like me, you live on Russian Hill in San Francisco, or if you care for fine and adventurous writing, Ben Tarnoff's The Bohemians: Mark Twain and The San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature is for you.

The Lincoln Myth: A Talk With Steve Berry

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Steve Berry is the international bestselling author of nine Cotton Malone historical thrillers and four stand-alone thriller novels. His books have been translated into forty languages. History--Steve's passion--lies at the heart of each one.

150 Years Since Ulysses S. Grant's Superstition Won a War

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

The Overland campaign was one of the most decisive campaigns in American history on the 150th anniversary.

Homeland II

Francis Levy | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Francis Levy

"Jean Bethke Elshtain, a Guiding Light For Policy Makers After 9/11, Dies at 72," was the headline of a recent obit (NYT, 8/15/13). Elshtain was Laura...

Stop Flying Confederate Flags at Civil War Commemorations

Scott Hancock | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Scott Hancock

For me, seeing the American flag stirs pride, yearning, and pain. What did the flag of the Confederacy stand for? The harsh reality is that it symbolized the establishment of a country that depended upon maintaining the systematic denial of independence and freedom to black men, women, and children.

The President and the Pop Singer

Tom Alderman | Posted 09.10.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

What do Michael Jackson, King of Pop and James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States, have in common? For one, both were charismatic and im...

Judging Lincoln: Thoughts on His Birthday

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Who knows how people in 200 years will judge even our most egalitarian ideas today? Whether we are talking about Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, or any historical figure, a person need not be perfect in order to be great.

Why Django Unchained is One of the Most Important Movies of the Year

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.31.2014 | Entertainment
Bob Cesca

It's becoming clear to me that Tarantino made something far deeper than a spaghetti western. I've come to realize that his chosen homage/genre was simply a launching point into a much more substantive story about an unlikely friendship, joined in a quest for an unlikely love story.

The Reality of Secession and Unicorns

Bob Cesca | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

I hate to disappoint the 675,000 whiny diaper babies calling for secession in the wake of the election but, sorry, no matter how hard they stomp their feet and pout and fling their feces at the electoral map, demands for secession might as well be demands for goblins and unicorns.

ReThink Review: Lincoln - The Perfect Film for the Post-Election Hangover?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Lincoln may be what America needs right now to remind us what politics, for all its messy, dispiriting ugliness, can and should be about -- doing the right, moral thing to better us all.

Books: William Seward -- The One Man Hated Even More Than Lincoln

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.19.2012 | Books
Michael Giltz

Writer Walter Stahr gives William Henry Seward his due in this intelligent and illuminating biography of one of the most important political figures of the 19th century.

The High Notes of Patriotism

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 09.17.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Driving four days across the western United States affords one little writing time but much thinking time. July fourth came and went during that drive...

4 Female Spies You Should Know About

Posted 10.24.2011 | Women

History.com - On August 23, 1861, the infamous Confederate spy Rose Greenhow was placed under arrest in Washington, D.C. One of hundreds of women who ...

Educating for Democracy: Who Really Won the Civil War?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 06.18.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Given that the poorest part of the country has traditionally been the South it seems to me that instead of "spreading the wealth," national policy is going in the direction of "spreading the poverty."

The Civil War Rages On...In Books, Music and DVD

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.12.2011 | Books
Michael Giltz

THE CIVIL WAR RAGES ON...A RUNDOWN OF NEW BOOKS, MUSIC AND CLASSIC DVDS Today marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle Of Fort Sumt...

PHOTOS: A Civil War Tour Of Charleston

Posted 06.05.2011 | Travel

April 2011 inaugurates a nation-wide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. From South Carolina's secession in 1860 to the bombardme...

The West Bank Meets Dixie

Mira Sucharov | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mira Sucharov

If and when the West Bank settlers are forced to relocate, there will no doubt be a painful rift in Israeli society. One thing that may help ease the transition is a good song.

Why Aren't We Calling Loughner a Terrorist?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

I can't help but wonder why folks are so afraid to call the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona an act of terrorism. The fear of the "T" word seems almost palpable in describing the gruesome events that took place this past Saturday.

PHOTOS: 12 Historic Battlefields Worth A Visit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

We may be history nerds, but we love walking around historic battlefields of wars past. There is something so moving and so compelling about walking...