American Civil War

"The Valley of Manassas was the Valley of Death"

“The Valley of Manassas was the Valley of Death” – Clara Barton Letter, July 1861<p><b>Penned to her father in the immediate aftermath of the First Battle</b> …

19th Century

The complicated mix of racism and envy behind blackface

In the last few months, the seemingly antique practice of blackface minstrelsy has burst back into the headlines. In a conversation with Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post, the great jazz musician and music historian Wynton Marsalis equated the use of commercialized vulgarity in hip-hop and …

African-American News

Battle of Atlanta Facts & Summary | American Battlefield Trust

50,000<p>ACRES SAVED<p>The American Battlefield Trust and our members have saved more than 50,000 acres in 24 states!<p><b>American Battlefield Trust</b><p>Find details …

American History

Empathy Is the Kryptonite We Need to Vanquish Trump

A growing stack of new books warns us against the toxic predations of Trump and his spineless GOP minions. But a time-honored remedy already …

News (U.S.)

Another way to atone for past sins at Faneuil Hall

Boston’s tourist hub is named for a slave trader. Artist Steve Locke wants to commemorate that history without taking Peter Faneuil’s name off the …

Black History

On This Day: Bank robber John Dillinger killed

On July 22, 1934, bank robber John Dillinger died in a hail of bullets from federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater.

U.S. Air Force

Look: Oldest Louisville Slugger bat being auctioned off

The bat is now being put on the auction block by Goldin Auctions and could fetch north of $5,000.<p>But it’s the story of the bat that is pretty …

Major League Baseball

SCHAEFFER: ANTIETAM – Part 13: Bloody Lane

As the intense fighting on the Confederate left under Jackson's command dissipated by mid-morning, the action shifted to the center of the Rebel …

American History

Still Fighting: Inside the Dedication of the National Confederate Museum

Amid a period of national reckoning regarding Confederate statues, park names and other symbology and iconography, The Sons of Confederate Veterans …

War

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Advice for Dems, analysis of Trump, and the importance of data

Trump—Russia<p><b>Anne Applebaum</b> provides some analysis of how Trump directly benefited from Russian interference in the 2016 election.<p>Data is the energy, …

Donald Trump

New evacuations in southwest Syria as offensive continues

A new group of rebels and their families began evacuating Saturday from the country's southwest, activists and Syrian media said, where the …

Middle East

Down in Front

July 21, 2018 • Cleveland, Ohio • Zack Hatfield at the inaugural FRONT Triennial<p><b>BEFORE THE CUYAHOGA RIVER CAUGHT FIRE</b>, searing onto the public …

Frank Lloyd Wright

SCHAEFFER: ANTIETAM – PART 12: Slaughter In The West Woods

The first phase of the battle fought along Jackson’s front around the Miller Farm and surrounding woods and focusing on the Dunker Church was a …

Military History

How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisine

“We need to forget about this so we can heal,” said an elderly white woman, as she left my lecture on the history of enslaved cooks and their …

History

Those who deny birthright citizenship get the Constitution wrong

<i>Elizabeth Wydra is president of the Constitutional Accountability Center.</i><p>Since its ratification 150 years ago, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution has guaranteed that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States …

Opinion

Civil War Submarine Update

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA—Archaeologist Michael Scafuri of The <i>Hunley</i> Project announced that the levers controlling the keel blocks on the Confederate …

Archaeology

SCHAEFFER: ANTIETAM – PART 10: Into The Cornfield

Sunrise brought an end to the rain and once again mist shrouded the field. But as the jittery picket firing grew to a steady rattle it was clear that …

American History

House Bill Provides $8M for HBCU Historic Preservation Fund

Advocates for historically Black colleges and universities are praising the passage of a U.S. House of Representatives “minibus” appropriations bill …

HBCUs

Dead Letters: Special All–Papa John Edition

<i>Welcome back to Dead Letters, the feature in which we reprint our favorite reader mail. We should take this moment to remind you that all emails to</i> …

Civil Rights

Rediscovered Texas Cemetery Contains Remains of Dozens of African Americans Forced Into Convict Labor

Archeologists say that the remains of around 95 people recently discovered on a Texas construction site almost certainly belonged to African …

African-American News

Can a Black Man Get a Fair Trial in a Courthouse That Honors the Confederacy?

Nearly one year after cities and states across the country began taking down Confederate monuments in response to a deadly gathering of white …

Rights & Freedoms

Confederates attack at the Battle of Peachtree Creek - Jul 20, 1864

On this day, General John Bell Hood’s Confederate forces attack William T. Sherman’s troops outside of Atlanta, Georgia at the Battle of Peachtree …

American History

Britons reflect on eye-opening history research

Nathan Kellum and Shane Mills spent the opening weeks of Albion College's summer recess deep in the archives of libraries in Boston and Philadelphia …

NCAA

Charleston, South Carolina: Family Travel Guide

What to do in Charleston<p>Adults and kids will love this charming port city, known for its beaches, eclectic Americana architecture and vibrant Lowcountry food scene.<p>Where to go in Charleston<p>A trip to Fort Sumter, an island west of Charleston where the Civil War's first shots were fired, starts with …

South Carolina

SCHAEFFER: ANTIETAM – PART 11: The Mumma Farm

While the fighting in the Miller Cornfield to the north and west ground to a bloody stalemate, fresh Union and Confederate reinforcements arrived on …

American History

Here's what we can show Mr. Putin if he visits America

Dear American Travel Agent,<p>I found your business on the Internet. On behalf of a "friend" in Mother Russia, I am seeking information about your …

Nerve Agents

Historical Interpretations of Reconstruction

March 6, 2018<p>University of Connecticut professor Manisha Sinha taught a class about the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War. She outlined …

Black History

First Bull Run - July 21, 1861 | American Battlefield Trust

<b>American Battlefield Trust</b><p>Find details and answers to your questions about the new umbrella brand of the Civil War Trust and Revolutionary War Trust.

War

Lincoln Was Dead Wrong After Gettysburg

<i>Read the Esquire Gettysburg Reenactment series in its entirety here.</i><p><b>Writing about the Civil War</b> is always a challenge. Deciphering and unraveling the sometimes chaotic and often contradictory accounts of the men who were there is no small chore. This, however, is what makes working in history fun. …

American History

Hidden Compartments in This Wrecked Confederate Submarine Could Solve a 150-Year-Old Mystery

The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was a 40-foot-long (12 meter) sausage of bulletproof iron built in Mobile, Alabama, and propelled through the …

Archaeology