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Civil War



  • The Epidemics America Got Wrong

    by Jim Downs

    Government inaction or delay have shaped the course of many infectious disease outbreaks in our country, argues history professor Jim Downs.



  • Democracy: How 1860 Connects to 2020

    by Daniel W. Crofts

    In the years before the Civil War, just as today, minority rule was the norm. White Southerners dominated the Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party dominated the federal government.



  • History in the Digital Age

    by Kevin M. Levin

    Confronting myths and demonstrating for others how to distinguish between fact and fiction remain the great challenges for all of us who believe in the positive potential of social media.


  • The Conservative Case for Moving Forrest's Bust

    by Michael Nelson

    To the extent that the arguments of both Forrest’s liberal critics and conservative defenders are valid, the debate about how to remember him is a hard one to resolve. But are the arguments of his defenders valid? I’m a conservative who’s not so sure.



  • Has America Ever Been in Such a Crisis Before? Yes, Three Times

    by Heather Cox Richardson

    A lot of folks have been asking me lately if America has ever been in such a crisis before and, if so, what people in the past did to save democracy. The answer to the first question is yes, it has, three times.



  • It’s 1856 All Over Again

    by Steve Inskeep

    Immigration. Race. Demographic change. Political demagogy. That year’s presidential race had it all. What can it tell us about 2020?



  • Monumental statue of black man defies Confederate monuments

    A massive bronze sculpture of a young black man with dreadlocks astride a muscular horse was permanently installed Tuesday in Virginia’s capital city, not far from one of the country’s most prominent displays of Confederate monuments. 


  • Robert E. Lee Wasn't a Hero, He Was a Traitor

    by Michael McLean

    Lee was no hero. He was neither noble nor wise. Lee was a traitor who killed United States soldiers, fought for human enslavement, vastly increased the bloodshed of the Civil War, and made embarrassing tactical mistakes.