May 16

Avoiding absolutes and teaching the Civil War

Posted 2 years, 11 months ago.


A high school teacher and active re-enactor writes about teaching the Civil War and avoiding “the theory of absolutes.”

Apr 28

The Civil War at 150: Still a house divided?

Posted 2 years, 11 months ago.


Is the Civil War a story we look at like rubber-neckers at a horrible car accident?

Apr 19

The trouble with Abraham Lincoln

Posted 2 years, 12 months ago.


As Adam Goodheart, author of the remarkable new book 1861: The Civil War Awakening, pointed out to a rapt, sell-out audience at the National Constitution Center this week, some criticize him for his repression of civil liberties and other downfalls.

Apr 13

What would Lincoln do?

Posted 3 years, 0 months ago.


It’s April 14, 1861. News of the surrender of Fort Sumter has reached Washington, D.C. A first term president elected with less than 40 percent of the popular vote, you have been in office for a little over a month. Your first crucial decision as president was to re-supply Union troops at a fort offshore… [Continue Reading]

Dec 15

Happy birthday, Bill of Rights. Who’s your daddy?

Posted 3 years, 4 months ago.


December 15 is the 219th birthday of the Bill of Rights, but don’t be embarrassed if you didn’t remember. Even back in 1791, when the first 10 amendments were added to the Constitution, no one threw a party. It’s not as if the first Americans were reluctant to celebrate. From the beginning, Independence Day was… [Continue Reading]