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."

  • Thavolia Glymph Appointed to Gettysburg Foundation Board

    Duke University Professor Thavolia Glymph joins the board of the foundation, which partners with the National Parks Service to preserve and promote historical sites near Gettysburg related to the Civil War battlefield and to the military career of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

  • "Rumors of War" Arrives in the South

    Kehinde Wiley's new sculpture serves as a rejoinder to the statues of Confederate leaders along Richmond's Monument Avenue. 

  • Did Lincoln Take his Cues From Congress?

    Historian Allen C. Guelzo reviews Fergus Bordewich's new book "Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America," which argues that the 37th and 38th Congresses had a bigger role in the abolition of slavery than the 16th president.

  • Trump and Lincoln Are Opposite Kinds of Presidents

    When historians rank the worst presidents in American history, indecision and inaction in the face of crisis are common attributes. Until now, most of the worst served before or after the Civil War.

  • What the Civil War Can Teach Us About COVID-19

    by Jason Phillips

    "Like Civil War Americans, we will mourn loved ones who perished in the crisis and face the future with a more complicated view of time." writes Jason Phillips.

  • Losing Women—and Women’s History—in Times of Crisis

    by Megan Kate Nelson

    Women and all of their visible and invisible labor are at the center of the COVID crisis, and they are finding their way into news coverage of the pandemic. The stories of women living and suffering and dying throughout history, however, have largely fallen by the wayside.