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Eric Foner on Lincoln and Slavery

The evolution of Father Abraham Respected historian Eric Foner’s new book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, examines what the president truly believed about human bondage Q Why...
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James Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

Education, Preservation, Dedication Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer has made saving endangered battlefields his life’s passion What is the biggest threat to Civil War battlefield...
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Bruce Bustard, Curator, National Archives

What makes this exhibit so different? For one, it’s not organized chronologically. Many of the exhibits we looked at start with Fort Sumter, then go to Manassas, then Shiloh, all the way along. But...
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John Zimmerman, Firearms Expert

In the Hands of a Craftsman: Master gunsmith John Zimmerman, an expert on Civil War firearms, is right at home in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. How did you become a master gunsmith? I grew up in Ohio and then was...
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Ed Bearss, Former NPS Chief Historian

For Ed Bearss, the past is prologue. Recalling the National Park Service’s response to the war’s centennial, its former chief historian reflects on a new milestone. What impact will the...
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Bill Howell, Virginia House Speaker

Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell and the Virginia Civil War sesquicentennial commission remember the war that split the state in two. Literally. Interview by Chris Howland Why did the Virginia legislature...
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Ed Zwick, director of Glory

In 1989, director Ed Zwick brought the story of the 54th Massachusetts to the nation's attention. We haven't gotten over it yet. Interview by Jay Werttz Many say Glory is the best Civil War movie ever made....
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John Coski, Museum of the Confederacy

John Coski is the historian and library director at the Museum of the Confederacy. He is the author of The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem — Interview by Tamela Baker Describe...
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Ken Burns: Communicating the Experience of War

Interviewed by Kim A. O'Connell Eighteen years after the premiere of his landmark documentary The Civil War, filmmaker Ken Burns is still moved by the Oliver Wendell Holmes quote that opened the series:...