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American Civil War

The Untold Story of Civil-Rights Progress in the U.S.: An Interview With Author Clay Risen

Steve Kettmann | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Steve Kettmann

In many ways, the bizarre state of affairs in which our nation's capital now finds itself mired is not so new. Author Clay Risen explores a key juncture in our history when archaic procedures threatened to change the course of history.

She Went Into Battle: Female Soldiers in the U.S. Military

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 02.25.2014 | Women
Erin Lindsay McCabe

What I really want is for women to be part of the story from the outset, and for the world to know that they've been there all along. It's been a long time coming, for women to openly serve, but it's also part of a deep-seated tradition in this country.

Women Who Fought for Love

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Erin Lindsay McCabe

It surprises many people to learn that over 200 women disguised themselves as men and fought in the Civil War. While serving in the military certainly doesn't seem like a romantic honeymoon, several sets of newlyweds served together as soldiers.

Reading Without Understanding -- Common Core Versus Abraham Lincoln

Alan Singer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

When Common Core ignores the context behind the Gettysburg Address, it does students, Americans, and Abraham Lincoln a great disservice.

Just 23 Percent Of Americans Think Abraham Lincoln Would Be A Republican Today

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

The 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address has given rise to plenty of conjecture about how it might play in modern times. We've already speculat...

The Gettysburg Address and the Mission Not Accomplished

Scott Hancock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Scott Hancock

How could Abraham Lincoln really believe what he said in the first line of the Gettysburg Address? He said the United States had been conceived in liberty, knowing full well that the founding of the country sealed a million black people in slavery.

A Rabbinic Take on Lincoln

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

Jewish tradition fosters argument for the sake of arriving at truth. The Talmud tells us the sages Hillel and Shammai often disagreed with one another, but their respective points of view have endured because of the purity of their motives.

The Flight to Freedom

Randall Bourscheidt | Posted 10.22.2013 | Arts
Randall Bourscheidt

Anyone who cares about justice, or who loves this country, cannot be unmoved by the painful images of a nation at war with itself, with a disagreement between sections of the country so profound that civil violence is the only answer.

This Is NOT Historically Accurate

Posted 07.17.2013 | Comedy

You think you've got a historically accurate reenactment of the Civil War and then BAM! Anachronism in your face. Check out all the modern technology ...

Stop Honoring Rebel Generals

Jamie Malanowski | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Jamie Malanowski

In the build-ups during World Wars I and II, the army had to quickly construct dozens of new forts across the country. Most were named for military heroes, and most of the ones in the south were named for Confederate generals.

Visitors Flock To Remember Gettysburg Battle

AP | GENARO C. ARMAS | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — From camera-toting tourists to visitors eager to retrace the footsteps of ancestors who fought in the Civil War, thousands of ...

In Syria, America's National Interests Do Not Coincide With Israel's

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 07.06.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

There is no compelling national interest that requires American intervention in Syria's civil war. In fact, such an intervention would be a strategic error.

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,...

Victor Hugo and Abraham Lincoln

Norman MacAfee | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

In this film awards season, two works embody enduring pinnacles of idealism.

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

Bob Cesca | Posted 03.13.2013 | 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 Creative Apparatus Of God

Lee C. Camp | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

This liberty to form part of the creative apparatus of God, is exhaustingly joyous. We all have some beautiful art to make, perform, or sing: words to write, pictures to paint, families to nurture, gardens to grow, lessons to teach, goods to tender, worship to give.

Rethinkin' Lincoln on the 150th Birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation

Bill Bigelow | Posted 02.12.2013 | Education
Bill Bigelow

In coming months and years, teachers' jobs will be made harder by Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln, in which Daniel Day-Lewis gives a brilliant performance as, well, Lincoln-the-abolitionist. The only problem is that Lincoln was not an abolitionist.

The Central Park Five Deserve Economic Justice

Tom Allon | Posted 01.29.2013 | New York
Tom Allon

When you rob five young men of their youth, innocence and educational opportunity and put them and their families through hell for more than a decade, you owe them more than an apology -- you owe them restitution.

Civil War Documents Shown For 1st Time

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 11.26.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Letters and diaries from those who lived through the Civil War offer a new glimpse at the arguments that split the nation 150 years ago ...

A New View of Custer

Mark Kass, PhD | Posted 01.09.2013 | Books
Mark Kass, PhD

Larry McMurtry's work, even with the lush, evocative, and plentiful period pictures, is a difficult read because it lacks a foundational and historical logic.

Civil War Banjo Contest At Antietam

AP | Posted 06.22.2012 | DC

SHARPSBURG, Md. -- A weekend conference at the Antietam National Battlefield is exploring the link between the banjo and the Civil War. The National ...

Victoria Infante

The Mexican Celebration That's Not Mexican At All

HuffingtonPost.com | Victoria Infante | Posted 05.04.2012 | Latino Voices

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the United States as a tradition of Mexican origin. And it is during late April and May that Mexican beer and tequi...

PHOTOS: Civil War Tourism

AP | BRUCE SMITH | Posted 04.06.2012 | Travel

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- One of America's most famous historic sites has again made history as a record 328,000 visitors took the tour boat last year to Fo...

'American Restoration' Puts American Civil War Cannon Back In Action

Posted 04.10.2012 | TV

Here's a tip for anyone standing next to a cannon: If someone looks like they might be about to fire it, stand way back. Not everyone did that on ...

Gone with the Wind: Gone in the Head

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 08.21.2011 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

Civil War re-enactors take heed. I have perfected the Rebel yell: Oweeeeeeyaaahhooooo!!! That's me after reading Yoni Applebaum's piece, "Confedera...