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History we can chew on

If we want the young to learn history, we must find appealing ways to teach it Back in June, the National As­sessment of Educational Progress issued a report card. Where history was concerned, the grade...
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Secession – Revisionism or Reality

Secession fever revisited We can take an honest look at history, or just revise it to make it more palatable Try this version of history: 150 years ago this spring, North Carolina and Tennessee became the...
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Two Virginias Two Civil Wars

Two Virginias, two Civil Wars? The state in the forefront of war remembrance still argues over what happened The state of Virginia has been back in the news, again at war with itself and again over issues...
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Dred Scott vs. the Law

He signed documents with an “X” and left no known recorded quotes or memoir of his experiences. Yet because of his determination to be free, we know his name: Dred Scott, the intrepid slave who...
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Preston Brooks’ Diplomacy

Preston Brooks’ big stick diplomacy: Heated oratory leads to violence in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Senate With swift, powerful strokes, South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks battered the...
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Seeds of conflict

The convergence of cotton and new farm technology made the Southern economy flourish.