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Harvard President Holds Her Own Against Colbert's Grilling

Posted 09.18.2012 | College

Take a look at Harvard University President Drew Faust on the Colbert Show Monday night. She stopped in to talk about her new book "This Republic ...

What a "Three House Sweep" Means for Real Estate

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
D. Sidney Potter

It just isn't in the moral DNA of hardcore Republicans to wholeheartedly pass legislation that appears as a handout. Kinder gentler Republicans', such as an Eisenhower, Ford or Bush I would be receptive to such outreach, but present dynamics mute this type of constructive political discourse.

PHOTO: Did Louis C.K. Time-Travel?

Posted 09.17.2012 | Comedy

Guess what! Not only is Louis C.K. at the top of his game professionally, it appears that he can add "time-traveler" to his impressive resume. A Re...

Antietam Tells The Story Of America's Bloodiest Day

Marshall S. Berdan | Posted 11.17.2012 | Travel
Marshall S. Berdan

It would be hard to imagine a more aesthetically appealing battlefield than Antietam: 3,250 acres of neatly maintained fields and 19th-century farmhouses.

Divers Offer Brand New Look At Civil War Shipwreck

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics

ABOARD THE RESEARCH VESSEL MANTA, Gulf of Mexico -- The world will soon get its first good look at the wreckage of the only U.S. Navy ship sunk in com...

Congresswoman Says Slavery Still Around In 1898 During 'Colbert Report' Interview

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.05.2012 | New York

History can be hard, even for a Congresswoman. That's the message many late-night television viewers came away with Tuesday night after watching a...

Syria Civil War Scatters Citizens

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 10.23.2012 | World

KAFAR HAMRA, Syria — Civil war has chased Fatima Ghorab and her brood of some two dozen women and children across Syria in search of safe havens...

Tilling the Ground for the Seeds of Terrorism

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

After more than 10 years of war against al Qaeda and the accompanying global "war on terrorism," we have failed to learn that our actions create reactions.

5 Lessons on Religion From the Killing Fields of Syria

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 08.22.2012 | World
Clay Farris Naff

If it is true that religion evolved to constrain violence and promote harmony, why is it such a blood-soaked institution? One reason: Although religion expands the circle of moral obligation, not even religions claiming universal reach guarantee decent treatment to all people.

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...

Lebanon as the Example in War and Peace

Claude Salhani | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

In its economic heyday Lebanon was touted as the example of what a modern Middle Eastern nation should look like. Today, as other nations in the region, among them Syria, face similar problems the country is again being pointed to as the example to follow.

Historical Milestone Roils Down In Dixie

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. — Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War can be an angst-filled task in Mississippi, with its long history of racia...

Brooklyn's African American History Remains Largely Forgotten and Unmarked

Alan Singer | Posted 10.14.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

January 1, 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Finally "Brooklyn's in the House" in efforts to bring the story of slavery in the United States to a broader public.

Drastic Solution Proposed For 'Sick & Tired' On Both Sides

Salon | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that cultural friction between the North and South persists to this day. After all, we fought an incredibly brutal...

The Trouble with Syria

Joshua Gleis | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Joshua Gleis

For many people around the world, Syria's civil war might not appear to have particular significance for them. Yet the troubles in Syria could quickly escalate, causing very real consequences felt worldwide.

Monument To Black Civil War Soldiers Defaced

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 08.03.2012 | Black Voices

A monument in Boston depicting a famous all-black regiment that fought for the union in the Civil War was vandalized by a mentally disturbed local wom...

Joss Whedon's Powerful Speech on Human Connection and Storytelling (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Actress Eliza Dushku and screenwriter-director Joss Whedon launched a fundraising event in San Francisco to raise money for ThriveGulu, a charity founded by Dushku's mom, Judy, which aids survivors of Uganda's civil war.

Syria Is Now a 'Civil War.' Does That Matter?

Lionel Beehner | Posted 09.16.2012 | World
Lionel Beehner

The trouble with the civil war distinction is its rhetorical baggage: Does a civil war label prompt action by outsiders or inaction?

The Religious Right (Side Of History)

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

We talk a lot about the power of the religious right to negatively influence the fate of LGBT civil rights, but we are talking about the wrong religious right there. What LGBT people need now is not more of the religious right.

Yes, We're Still at War

Jennifer Wheeler | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Jennifer Wheeler

Murmurs of reinstating the draft are quietly pulsing through the media, and we should be listening. It may be a raw and terrifying idea to most, but the alternative -- being comfortable at war -- is so much worse.

A Ticket to Ride: High-Speed Rail Moves Forward on a Historic (and Bumpy) Track in California

William Bradley | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Last Friday's narrow passage of legislation authorizing the beginning of construction of the first high-speed rail system in America was a dramatic moment many years in the making.

3-Day Event To Honor Black Civil War Soldiers

AP | Posted 07.09.2012 | Black Voices

TOPEKA, Kan. -- A group that publicizes Kansas history is planning a three-day celebration in Topeka next month to mark the 150th anniversary of the f...

July 4th and the Roots of Obamacare

Jim Downs | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Jim Downs

Because the Emancipation Proclamation didn't provide protection against the deadly consequences of war, federal officials in 1865 needed to expand their authority in order to respond to this medical crisis.

War And America’s Civil Religion

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

The American experience with war acts like a civil religion -- a way for Americans to affirm and assess national ideals for which generations have been called to give their last full measure of devotion. It is a glorious, dangerous, heroic, terrifying cross to bear.

Original Copy Of Historic Document Sells For Millions

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK — A rare original copy of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation sold Tuesday at a New York auction for more than $2 mil...