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LOOK: America's Hidden Queer History

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 07.04.2013 | Gay Voices

After the historic moments that went down last week, what better way to celebrate Independence Day than looking into America's queer past? Whether...

Part II: One Nation Under God -- Happy 237th Birthday, America

Atiba Madyun | Posted 09.03.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

I am an American and the descendant of slaves. One of them was the first African-American invited as a guest into the White House. His name was Frederick Douglass. I am also a descendant of a man who led the South's Confederate troops during the Civil War. His name was General Robert E. Lee.

War Letters Bring History To Life

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics

ORANGE, Calif. — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Horace Evers was setting up a command post in Munich with other Allied soldiers in the final days of World...

The War for the Union: A Slave Pen in Alexandria

Ghosts of DC | Posted 09.02.2013 | DC
Ghosts of DC

This is an incredible stereographic card, taken during the Civil War. It's a powerful image of an Alexandria slave pen.

The Meaning of Gettysburg Beyond our Borders

Salvador Litvak | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Salvador Litvak

Because it was an American battle fought within an American war, most people believe the outcome was of little interest beyond our borders. In truth, however, Gettysburg had tremendous international impact then, and it continues to do so today.

'Four Score and Seven Years Ago': A Jewish Connection

Marc Saperstein | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Marc Saperstein

July 4, 1863 was a Saturday, and Rabbi Sabato Morais delivered his Sabbath morning sermon. His sermon contains a phrase that might well have influenced the most celebrated speech in American history.

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 ...

An Urgent Dispatch From Egypt on the New Revolution

Seriously Skewed | Posted 09.01.2013 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

I am reporting this from an undisclosed location in Cairo under the cover of darkness and in an ancient script that no one but me and some Templar knights who died a long time ago can read.

What Gettysburg Means to My Family

John McCormick | Posted 09.01.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

This week I'll be taking my wife and children to observe the 150th commemoration of the battle. In July 1863, my grandfather (yes, my grandfather!) fought in the battle, was wounded five times, and by a miracle, survived his wounds and subsequent internment in a POW hospital.

Gettysburg and Gridlock

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What I will be remembering -- and which I sincerely urge that today's politicians and media personalities read up on -- is the fact that the Civil War was actually postponed for decades by the most fierce ideological divide in our history.

Syria's Sunni vs. Shia Myth

Khaled Diab | Posted 08.30.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

The reality of the situation is that the civil war in Syria, though it has escalated tremendously, remains essentially a clash between an authoritarian, ruthless leadership and its associated elite (as well as those who feared instability) and the masses tired of bowing their heads.

Damaged Statue Returns For Gettysburg Anniversary

AP | GENARO C. ARMAS | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — An opening volley of musket fire ushered in the start of the milestone commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg on Friday, 15...

Gettysburg Celebrates Civil War Milestone

AP | MARK SCOLFORO | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn't been the same since. The couple of hundred...

Civil War Buffs Get Ready For Battle Of Gettysburg Anniversary

AP | BY GENARO C. ARMAS | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Thousands of Civil War buffs are getting ready for the pinnacle of their re-enacting careers when they gather in Pennsylvania ...

Going To Gettysburg?

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.21.2013 | Travel

-- Two re-enactments will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's Battle of Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pa. Each re-enactment group expect...

Waiting for Truth and Justice in Nepal

Tracy Fehr | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Tracy Fehr

For the thousands of conflict-affected widows -- such as Sita and Radha -- and their families, amnesty is not an option. The Supreme Court must end the culture of impunity that has so far defined Nepal's post-conflict transition.

HUGE Civil War Anniversary

The Frederick News-Post, Md. | Ed Waters Jr. | Posted 08.17.2013 | DC

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- A town used to visitors is preparing for its biggest-ever tourism program. Between 25,000 and 30,000 visitors per day are expected...


Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Major Civil War Preservation Project Begins

AP | BRUCE SMITH | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. -- Preservationists are using computer sensors and other high-tech methods to protect massive iron Civil War guns at a fort in ...

WATCH: Why You Should Never Talk Politics On Facebook

Posted 06.10.2013 | Comedy

Fact: Talking politics on Facebook is never a good idea. In this new Funny Or Die parody, the tragedy of Facebook political diatribes gets the Ken Bur...

Is Weird Al Really A Time Traveler?

Posted 06.04.2013 | Comedy

We all know Weird Al is basically immortal. How else to you explain the fact that his career has lasted longer than most of the artists he's parodied?...

Iran-Syria Alliance: Why the United States and Western Allies Should Not Intervene in Syria?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Democratization is not a simple process that is achievable overnight. I have several family members who have lost their lives in the battle against the police-state of Syria. Unfortunately, democratization is a messy and bloody process that necessitates sacrifices.

The NRA and Our Flag

Robert Slayton | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Memorial Day started as an honorable idea, to help heal the union, and to honor pain and sacrifice of all soldiers. It was not meant, and should never mean, to honor those who took arms against this nation.

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclaimation, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

Will You See This Civil War Exhibit?

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 05.13.2013 | DC

RICHMOND, Va. -- Among the swords, the wrenching letters home and the haunting photographs in the Museum of the Confederacy's new exhibit on Gettysbur...