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  • The Truth Behind '40 Acres and a Mule': Find out who came up with the idea, and how it fell through

    01/09/2013 6:11:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Root ^ | January 7, 2013 | Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    We've all heard the story of the "40 acres and a mule" promise to former slaves. It's a staple of black history lessons, and it's the name of Spike Lee's film company. The promise was the first systematic attempt to provide a form of reparations to newly freed slaves, and it was astonishingly radical for its time, proto-socialist in its implications. In fact, such a policy would be radical in any country today: the federal government's massive confiscation of private property -- some 400,000 acres -- formerly owned by Confederate land owners, and its methodical redistribution to former black slaves....
  • Dr Charles Leale's long-lost medical report details his treatment after Lincoln was shot

    06/05/2012 9:07:29 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies ^ | 5 June 2012 | Beth Stebner
    They were filed away and for nearly 150 years, but now researchers have found the report of the young army surgeon who was first to reach Abraham Lincoln after he was shot in the head in Ford Theatre. The 21-page report, written by Dr Charles Leale, a 23-year-old doctor just six weeks into his medical practice who happened to be 40 feet from Lincoln, details his original perceptions of the president’s fatal injuries. The historians who discovered the report in the National Archives in Washington believe it was filed, packed in a box, stored at the archives and not seen...
  • Looking for Lincoln/(hurl alert)

    01/31/2010 9:02:10 AM PST · by 9422WMR · 18 replies · 388+ views
    PBS ^ | 01/29/10 | Henry Louis Gates
    Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s quest to piece together Abraham Lincoln’s complex life takes him from Illinois to Gettysburg to Washington, D.C., and face-to-face with people who live with Lincoln every day – relic hunters, re-enactors, and others for whom the study of Lincoln is a passion.
  • Pennsylvania historians to mark 150th anniversary of Civil War

    10/07/2009 8:03:35 PM PDT · by Ditto · 4 replies · 337+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | October 7, 2009 | Bob Karlovits
    Pennsylvania historians announced plans Tuesday to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a statewide commemoration. "The Pennsylvania Civil War 150 commemoration is far more than a formal remembrance," said Barbara Franco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. "It is a collection of stories brought to life that are as epic as the fields of Gettysburg and as small as the struggles of a soldier's wife working to survive her husband's absence on a Pennsylvania farm." The early kickoff of the Civil War program is primarily a call for participation to state residents and historical...
  • ...The Tariff Acts of 1861 [Cause of the Civil War & today]

    11/18/2008 7:46:57 PM PST · by DBCJR · 88 replies · 1,564+ views
    NY Times archives ^ | March 15, 1862
    It is now about one year since the first Tariff Act of 1861 was passed; it is almost one year since the Rebellion became a settled fact, and war was rendered inevitable by the bombardment of Fort Sumter. The time is a fitting one for a review of the effects of the passage of the former and the influence of the latter on the commerce and foreign trade of our country.
  • Impact Of Geology On The U.S. Civil War: War From The Ground Up

    10/11/2008 11:27:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies · 992+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 7, 2008 | Geological Society of America
    Whisonant and Ehlen also studied the terrain at Antietam, the site of the bloodiest battle in the Civil War, where on 17 September 1862 up to 23,100 soldiers were killed, wounded, or declared missing. "What's so striking at Antietam," says Whisonant, is that "two geologic units underlie [that area]. One is a very, very pure limestone that as it erodes it literally melts. Mostly what you get with that is a very even, level, open surface -- there just aren't a lot of deep holes and high hills that give soldiers a place to hide." On one area of this...
  • Original Lincoln document found

    06/07/2007 3:26:01 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 63 replies · 880+ views
    AP ^ | 6/7/07
    WASHINGTON—The National Archives on Thursday unveiled a handwritten note by Abraham Lincoln exhorting his generals to pursue Robert E. Lee's army after the battle of Gettysburg, underscoring one of the great missed opportunities for an early end to the Civil War. An archives Civil War specialist discovered the July 7, 1863, note three weeks ago in a batch of military papers stored among the billions of pages of historical documents at the mammoth building on Pennsylvania Avenue. The text of Lincoln's note has been publicly known because the general to whom Lincoln addressed it telegraphed the contents verbatim to the...