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New to the Civil War Memory Library, 04/06

Note: You can now pre-order, Gary W. Gallagher and Caroline E. Janney eds., Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign [(University…

What does Paul Campos know that the Public Policy Institute of California does not?

Paul Campos writes in the New York Times about what he claims is the “real reason” for higher college tuition in the USA: far from being caused by funding cuts, the astonishing rise in college tuition correlates closely with a huge increase in public subsidies for higher education.… a major factor driving increasing costs is […]

The Original Draft of Grant's Surrender Terms at Appomattox

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This week marks the 150th anniversary of Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Show More Summary

The Causes of the Biafran War

The Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War, was fueled by regional and ethnic differences, exacerbated by British colonial rule.

The West African Jihads of the 19th Century

In the early 1800s, a wave of Fulani-led jihads led to the expansion of Islam in West Africa and the creation of several new, Islamic states.

Rebels Writer in Bellingham, 11 Apr.

On Saturday, 11 April, Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham will host a signing by Brian Wood, writer and co-creator of the new comic book series Rebels, set during the Revolutionary War.Wood has written many types of comics, including the franchises X-Men, Conan the Barbarian, and Star Wars and such originals as DMZ. Show More Summary

Map Shows All of the Ways You Could Get Around Alaska in 1909

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This map of Alaska in 1909 shows all of the transportation and communication...Show More Summary

WWI soldier graffiti found on Naours quarry walls

Starting in the 3rd century with the Romans, chalk was quarried from the limestone of the Picard plateau underneath the northern French town of Naours. The digging continued long after the quarrying, so much so that eventually an entire underground city was carved out of the stone, a network of man-made caves with 3 kilometers [...]

19th-Century Infographic Shows American Mortality as a Cluster of Cute Little Charts

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This set of charts shows causes of death in the United States, according to the 1870 census. Show More Summary

“Human Life Is Frightfully Cheap”: A 1900 Petition to Make Lynching a Federal Offense

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This petition from a group of citizens of New Jersey to Congress,...Show More Summary

The War Department's WWII Advice Booklet for Soldiers Headed to Syria

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. In 1942 the American war machine was in high gear, and soldiers were shipping out across the globe—often to places they knew nothing about. Show More Summary

“The Sun Never Sets Upon the British Empire,” Explained in GIF by an Old Children’s Toy

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. With today’s referendum on Scottish independence, the former British empire stands to shrink even further. Show More Summary

The CIA Used to Have a Commute-by-Canoe Club. One Member’s Memories.

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. “We have become connoisseurs of sunrises,” writes CIA employee Robert Sinclair in this 1984 reflection on his 14 years of commuting by canoe across the Potomac. Show More Summary

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