Jun 19

Juneteenth: An Important Celebration

Posted 10 months, 5 days ago.


Juneteenth marks the days in 1865 when the Union Army brought news of emancipation to African Americans in one of the farthest corners of the Confederate States.

Aug 21

How to make a state? Three ways to redraw the U.S.A.

Posted 1 year, 8 months ago.


This month, a group of residents of Pima County, Arizona, launched a campaign to break away from Arizona and become the fifty-first state. What are the odds it succeeds?

May 9

Drew Gilpin Faust on the Civil War: The work of death

Posted 1 year, 11 months ago.


Even though “we all have our dead,” and even though we all die, we do so differently from generation to generation and from place to place.

Jan 30

Congress and the Constitution’s 225th Anniversary

Posted 2 years, 2 months ago.


The Framers regarded Congress as so important they put it first, as Article I, Section 1. What was seen then as the keystone of republican government is now widely regarded as the “broken branch.”

Jan 27

James Buchanan’s presidential senioritis

Posted 2 years, 2 months ago.


On the eve of the Civil War, President James Buchanan was like a high school student with a bad case of senioritis. Buchanan could not wait to leave office.