Christine Kocjancic

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Diary discovered in Tennessee sheds light on little-known Australian link with US Civil War

When confederate army Lieutenant Debney Scales was writing his diary aboard the CSS Shenandoah during the American Civil war, he could barely have …

War

Looters reportedly vandalize an historic civil war battle site in Virginia

Thieves dug a series of small pits looking for artifacts from the Union Army's nine-month blockade of Richmond and the neighboring city of Petersburg, targeting a field where more than 1,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died, the agency said.<p>The looters were likely to have found uniform buttons, …

How Many American Troops Are Buried in Foreign Lands?

President Barack Obama has said Americans "can never fully repay" the debt to fallen soldiers. That may be true, but there's no reason to stop trying.<p>Memorial Day has its origins in Decoration Day following the Civil War, when Americans were encouraged to adorn the graves of those who died in …

Korean War

Fact, fiction and tangled “Roots”: How a family history that wasn’t entirely true broke through America’s biggest lies

<b>Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker and Emayatzy Corinealdi in "Roots" (The History Channel)</b><p>From Alex Haley’s book to a culture-shaping miniseries, and now an action-adventure remake. How much of it is true?<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>June 2, 2016 10:59pm (UTC)<p>“Roots,” in its various forms, is largely a work of …

How an Outsider President Killed a Party

The Whigs chose power over principles when they nominated Zachary Taylor in 1848. The party never recovered.<p>It was summer, and a major U.S. political party had just chosen an inexperienced, unqualified, loutish, wealthy outsider with ambiguous party loyalties to be its presidential nominee. Some …

Yes, Native Americans Were the Victims of Genocide

Burial of the dead after the massacre of Wounded Knee, 1891. (Photo: Northwestern Photo Co.)<p><i>This paper, written under the title, “U.S.</i> …