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Not Just Antietam – September 17, 1862 In Perspective

Wednesday, September 17, 1862. is rightly classed as the bloodiest day in American history. In that 24-hour period, more Americans fell killed, wounded, captured, or missing, than in any like 24-hour period before or since. This contention rests almost totally … Continue reading

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“We Have A Light”: Our Shared Lie About the Confederacy

Today, we welcome back guest author Sam Smith. “The Confederate Constitution was virtually identical to the original, except that it explicitly protected slavery.” This is one of the most common canards of Civil War history. I don’t know where this fiction … Continue reading

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1860 Politics – Lincoln-Douglas Debates Continue: Moral Consensus and Thin Democracy

The Lincoln-Douglas debates for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois were in many ways unlike presidential debates we see on television today, but fundamental themes underlying them demonstrate historical continuity. One of those themes is consensus concerning foundational moral principles, … Continue reading

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