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History we can chew on

Harold Holzer | Published: August 30, 2011 at 11:51 am
If we want the young to learn history, we must find appealing ways to teach it The Lincoln restaurant offers this large white leather banquette as an inviting version of the president's perch at the Lincoln Memorial. Photo courtesy of …

Harold Holzer on the best and worst civil war books

Harold Holzer | Published: May 20, 2011 at 10:26 am
War Stories It's time to remember good Civil War lit—and close the door on the bad stuff Several months ago, literary critic Adam Kirsch—full disclosure: he's my son-in-law—published an essay in the New York Times voicing concern about recent decisions …

Secession - Revisionism or Reality

Harold Holzer | Published: March 14, 2011 at 10:01 am
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 final two Southern states …

Two Virginias Two Civil Wars

Harold Holzer | Published: January 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm
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 relating to the …

Dred Scott vs. the Law

Parke Pierson | Published: April 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm
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 battled an unjust system through …

Preston Brooks' Diplomacy

Parke Pierson | Published: March 01, 2010 at 4:26 pm
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 prostrate body in the aisle of the nearly empty U.S. Senate …

The Impending Crisis Of The South By Hinton R. Helper

Parke Pierson | Published: January 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Hinton R Helper's book "The Impending Crisis Of The South: How to Meet It," published in 1857, was a call for the confederate south to abandon slave and adopt industrialization.

South Carolina takes on the Feds

Parke Pierson | Published: August 11, 2009 at 10:47 am
The birth of the states' rights movement can be traced to the Tariff of 1828.

Seeds of conflict

Parke Pierson | Published: August 11, 2009 at 10:38 am
The convergence of cotton and new farm technology made the Southern economy flourish.

Missouri Compromise exposed the raw nerve of slavery

Parke Pierson | Published: August 11, 2009 at 10:29 am
Missouri Compromise: Problem arose when Missouri wanted to join the Union with slavery, threatening the balance between free and slave states.

Crusaders against slavery

Published: August 10, 2009 at 3:36 pm
The history of abolitionists in America dates back to colonial times.

Henry "Box" Brown: a slave signed, sealed and delivered

Published: August 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm
Slave Henry Brown mails himself to freedom.
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