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Will the Real Appomattox Commemoration Please Stand Up

This morning I set out to write a post in response to Jamelle Bouie’s column at Slate which details his assessment of a commemoration of…

Paul Revere House during School Vacation Week

With Patriots Day and Massachusetts school vacation coming up, the Paul Revere House in Boston’s North End has a slate of activities for families and younger kids. Unless otherwise noted, these events are free with museum admission, which is $3.50 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and college students, $1.00 for children ages 5–17. Show More Summary

Did Jamelle Bouie Even Attend the Appomattox Commemoration?

Jamelle Bouie is right about one thing. The recent commemoration at Appomattox Court House was almost entirely devoid of African Americans. More specifically, from what…

7:22 a.m., April 15… what range of emotions followed?

At 7:22:10 a.m., there will be reflection by many on the meaning of the day and hour. Sadly… most others, I suspect, will remain indifferent, except for the instance in which they might happen to run across a newspaper article or something on the internet or t.v., and have that “Ah, that happened today” moment. Others […]

Famous Writers and their Helpful Writing Tips...

Whether you're looking to finally start that vampire novel you've been hashing out in your head or simply want to start your term paper on the changes Napoleon brought to France, chances are you've run into some trouble focusing, being...Show More Summary

For Mr. Lincoln

1 When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d, And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night, I mourn’d, and yet…

A Book Launch Where You Can Pop Up on 16 Apr.

Last May I noted a Kickstarter campaign for a pop-up book about Boston’s Freedom Trail, created by paper engineer Denise D. Price. The Freedom Trail Pop Up Book of Boston has now been produced and printed, and Price is inviting people to a launch party on Thursday, 16 April, at the Old North Church. Show More Summary

Free D.C. anniversary events of Lincoln’s death offer best chance to participate

Most ticketed events commemorating the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre  and his lingering death at the Petersen House on April 15, 1865, are sold out. However, several free and meaningfulShow More Summary

Places to Go, People to Read

Greater Boston’s Patriots Day season has already started. For information about reenactments and commemorations in Middlesex County, check out the Battle Road site.And don’t forget about next week’s Colonial Comics events, which gotShow More Summary

A Diet Plan for the Civil War Bicentennial

While I enjoyed having my intellectual curiosity stimulated by speakers such as Ed Ayers, David Blight and John Hennessy, the reenactors at last week’s commemoration…

Ed Ayers Cuts to the Chase at Appomattox

Today I had a chance to watch the National Park Service’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. It was…

Lincoln’s final horseback ride to summer cottage to be reenacted

President Abraham Lincoln rode out to the summer White House, a small house located at what is now known as the Armed Forces Retirement Home, on an almost-daily basis when he needed time away from the pressures of his job or when he and his family sought a respite from the Capitol’s notoriously hot summers. Show More Summary

D.C. church to host Lincoln events

The church in Washington that President Abraham Lincoln attended while in the White House, the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, will host two events in commemoration of his death.Today, April 12, at 2:30 p.m., the University of Miami Collegium Musicum choir will present a free choral music tribute based on the music Lincoln knew and loved. Show More Summary

“Poor Mrs Brown, who was Betsy Otis”

James Otis’s 1783 will didn’t exactly brim with love for his oldest child, Elizabeth, who toward the end of the siege of Boston had married a British army officer, Leonard Brown. As I quoted yesterday, Otis wrote that he’d heard hisShow More Summary

How do you Teach Longitude and Latitude?

Contribute to the conversation at - you have a secret in teaching kids the wonders of maps? Would you like to learn how other teachers do it? Head on over to OurGlobalHistory This content is copyrighted. Show More Summary

Why Every President Sucked...

I recently received an email from Eric Olsen, a marketing writer and consultant. He seems like a brilliant chap. One of those guys that's good at everything... he appears to be very successful in life and in career. The reason he contacted me... Show More Summary

“Elizabeth went from hence with the said Leonard Brown”

Elizabeth Otis was born in Boston on 28 Mar 1757, the oldest child of James Otis, Jr., and his wife, the former Ruth Cunningham. Betsy was a small child when her father broke with Massachusetts’s “court party” and the royal patronage system in favor of championing Boston’s Whig merchants through electoral politics. Show More Summary

History Simplified with Music

Another post at History Simplified through Song and Comic This content is copyrighted. Copyright (c) 2010 - Original post at Part of the Network.

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Byzantine Podcasts: Lars Brownworth's Lost to the West history teachers... follow me there.... This content is copyrighted. Copyright (c) 2010 - Original post at Part of the Network.

The Civil War - A Concise History - Book Review

With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War fast approaching, it is probably time you brushed up on your Civil War history. If you're in need of a refresher on the topic or have never ventured into the Civil War era, The Civil War: A Concise History is a great place to start.Author Louis P. Show More Summary

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