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Civil War



  • The Conspiracy Theories That Fueled the Civil War

    The most powerful people and institutions in the South spread paranoia and fear to protect slavery, leading the country to war, as historians Matthew J. Clavin and Manisha Sinha explain. 



  • Abraham Lincoln and the Shavuot Controversy of 1865

    The conflict between a national day of mourning declared for Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and the Jewish holiday commemorating God's revelation of the law to Moses (during which mourning is forbidden) reflects conflicting ideas of how Jews should balance observance and participation in civic life.



  • The Overlooked Black History of Memorial Day

    by Olivia B. Waxman

    The role of African Americans in creating a day of tribute to the Union Army has been obscured by pro-Confederate narratives of national reconcilation after the overthrow of Reconstruction.



  • Did The South Win The Civil War?

    In this podcast, Historian Heather Cox Richardson discusses her new book "How The South Won The Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, And The Continuing Fight For The Soul Of America."