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Army Life: From a Soldier’s Journal

by A.O. MarshallFrom the publisher:In 1884, when Albert O. Marshall published Army Life, a memoir of his service as a private in the Thirty-Third Illinois Regiment, twenty years had passed since his 1864 discharge. Marshall left the journal untouched at publication, and today it is a journal that is rare in what it is not. Show More Summary

Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War

by Jacqueline JonesFrom the publisher:In this masterful portrait of life in Savannah before, during, and after the Civil War, prize-winning historian Jacqueline Jones transports readers to the balmy, raucous streets of that fabled Southern port city. Show More Summary

For Honor, Glory, and Union: The Mexican and Civil War Letters of Brig. Gen. William Haines Lytle

by William Haines LytleFrom the publisher:A pro-states' rights Democrat with strong family ties to Kentucky, William Lytle volunteered for service in the Mexican War in 1847. This collection of his letters details the ferocity of action...Show More Summary

History of the Civil War 1861-1865

by James F. RhodesFrom the publisher:This landmark study of the most traumatic era in American history won a Pulitzer Prize in 1918 for its concise, clear-minded survey of the Civil War from political and economic perspectives. FromShow More Summary

The 111th New York Volunteer Infantry: A Civil War History

by Martin W. HuskFrom the publisher:This regimental history follows the 111th New York Volunteer Infantry's service from muster through victory, with many first-hand accounts and primary sources. It provides details on the towns from which the regiment was organized and examines the men who served in its ranks. Show More Summary

Washington’s “Early notice” to Ward

On 2 Mar 1776, Gen. George Washington wrote a short note from Cambridge to his second-in-command, Gen. Artemas Ward:After weighing all Circumstances of Tide, &c., and considering the hazard of having the Posts on Dorchester Neck taken...Show More Summary

Panel on Environmental History and Early America in Boston, 6 Mar.

In Tuesday, 6 March, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host a panel discussion on the topic “Common Spaces: Environmental History and the Study of Early America.” This session is a crossover event for two of the society’s seminar...Show More Summary

“Dangerous to delay taking Post on Dorchester Hills”

On 3 Mar 1776, Gen. George Washington followed up his short note to Gen. Artemas Ward (quoted yesterday) with a full set of orders for moving onto the Dorchester peninsula on the evening of the 4th.My Letter of last Night would inform...Show More Summary

“Free America” at Last

In 1842, William McCarty published a collection titled Songs, Odes, and Other Poems, on National Subjects in Philadelphia. He told readers he had scoured newspapers “from the period of Braddock’s defeat to the death of President Harrison.”The...Show More Summary

South Cumberland Elementary School Remembers the Confederacy With a Lynching

Update: Thanks to Dan Weinfeld for sending along this link, which identifies Crossville, Tennesse as a possible Sundown Town. This certainly adds some important historical context to this particular discussion. It would be easy to conclude that the backlash against Confederate monuments and the battle flag has died down since this past summer. You would […]

Willie Hudspeth’s Confederate Monument

Earlier this month Denton county (Texas) commissioners accepted recommendations to alter a Confederate monument located on the grounds of the local courthouse. The decision follows roughly twenty years of protest by local activist Willie Hudspeth. ? This short video produced by Vice follows Hudspeth’s efforts to remove the monument. It’s well done and does a […]

One Important Difference Between Gary Oldman’s Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour and the Real Prime Minister

One particular departure from fact is worth highlighting, writes Giles Milton, author of ' Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare'

How One Woman Challenged Discrimination in Hollywood More Than 75 Years Ago

"She was the most consistent picketer of Hollywood films of any Black activists of the Hollywood era"

This Government Report Showed How Racism Was Dividing America 50 Years Ago. Its Prediction Is Haunting

The Kerner Report, released on Feb. 29, 1968, used stark language to conclude that white society had denied opportunity to African Americans

Vintage Posters Show How the Idea of the ‘Strong Woman’ Evolved

With their mix of art and propaganda, posters are uniquely positioned to reflect the society for which they are produced

The True History Behind The Looming Tower: How the Story Began

"Fadl began talking about an organization called al-Qaeda. It was the first time any of the men in the room had ever heard the term..."

Global Lessons From the Rise and Fall of History’s Biggest Factories

"In trying to bolster manufacturing, the nation’s leaders should learn lessons from the past."

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