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American Civil War

In 1864 Maryland, Confusion Over Emancipaton Made Slaves Interpreters of Law

Martha S. Jones | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Martha S. Jones

In the midst of the Civil War, who was a slave and who was free? When African Americans in Maryland asked this question 150 years ago, in August 1864, they engaged in a sophisticated analysis.

California's Forgotten Civil War

Kevin Waite | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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.

What My Grandfather Taught Me About Strategy

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.12.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

My grandfather was also a naval officer, Class of 1922, U.S. Naval Academy. I became a fan of naval strategy thanks to him. To paraphrase Mark Twain: I learned how much my grandfather knew long after he taught me many life lessons.

When It Comes to America's Veterans' Crisis, "Thank You For Your Service" Is Not Enough

Rep. Jim McDermott | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jim McDermott

Many veterans are desperate to talk about their experiences with fellow Americans who accept shared responsibility for what is done in war, particularly the killing. Yet these conversations rarely happen today.

Forgetting to Remember: Racial Inequality and Mythmaking on Memorial Day

Jennifer Wheeler | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Jennifer Wheeler

For 150 years, since the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in Confederate states, we have relied upon the conveniences of selective memory and mythmaking to imagine a more united, United States.

Military Moms of the Civil War

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Erin Lindsay McCabe

I was shocked when I learned that during the Civil War, over 200 women served as soldiers all while disguised as men. From the moment I learned of them, I have admired those women immensely. But once I gave birth to my son in 2011, I was struck by overwhelming respect and amazement for the six documented women who did all that and did it while pregnant.

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.

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

Steve Kettmann | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 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 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.