Obama’s Evolving Position on Same-Sex Marriage Similar to Lincoln’s Evolution on Antislavery

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Like Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama has been “tardy.” Pushed by developments beyond his control, Obama’s public positions on marriage equality have continued to progress, though gradually.

Neo-Confederates and the Rebel Flag: ‘Sic Semper Tyrannis’

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Berry Craig: Even though some new-Confederates insist the Rebel flag doesn’t reflect racism, the survival of white supremacist thought is exactly what the neo-Confederates are all about.

Do We Care About Civilian Casualties in Our Wars?

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John Tirman: The initial enthusiasm of engaging in savage wars often turns sour as the war goes badly, and then the hard reality of innocent suffering is all the more difficult to acknowledge.

Rebel Flags and Locust Plagues

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Berry Craig: I’m pretty sure another reason for the in-your-face Rebel revanchism is because we have an African American president.

There’s a Better Flag for the Tea Party to Rally ‘Round

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Berry Craig: to this history teacher, the Confederate flag looks like a better bet for the tea partiers. Their movement is almost entirely white. It seems to be more popular in Dixie than in any other part of the country.

I Was Born On Mother’s Day

was my mother’s first Mother’s Day gift. She spent her first Mother’s Day in labor and delivery.  I was born at 1:40 p.m. on Mother’s Day many years ago.  In some ways, my being born on Mother’s Day — her first born and the first grandchild — made Mother’s Day all the more special in [...]

America’s Gay Confederate and Union Soldiers

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Queer Civil War buffs have been arguing for some time that the deafening silence around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Confederate and Union soldiers indicates proof of their very presence.

Slavery and the Civil War

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John Gripentrog: Was the Civil War fought over states’ rights? Yes, but states’ rights for what? Over property rights? Sure, but property rights regarding what? The answer to each of those questions is clear: The core issue was slavery.

The Civil War: Losing the War, Winning the History

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Steven Conn: The Civil War began 150 years ago, and after four blood-soaked years, the North won the war. But though winners usually write the histories of wars, in the case of the Civil War much of the history was written from the South’s point of view.

The Confederacy Must Be Destroyed

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Look Away, Dixieland

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Tom Degan: Listening to some of them defending the the secession ball was amusing, to say the least. In their minds, the War Between the States had not a thing to do with human bondage. It was all about “states rights”. Oh, brother!

Still Fighting the Civil War in South Carolina

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Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts, History News Service: At a gala celebration Monday in Charleston to mark the sesquicentennial of South Carolina’s secession from the Union in 1860, the chief cause of secession—slavery—will be ignored. Historians Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts see this as yet another episode in a 150-year struggle over public memory in South Carolina and America.

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