The Day I Watched the Confederate Flag Come Down

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It required nine deaths, but Gaye Christmus hopes that the “chorus of quiet voices” will finally be heard.

How To Honor Soldiers Who Died For No Reason?

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We can’t keep pretending that most of our wars have been noble or worthwhile, so where does that put us on Memorial Day?

The Burning of the University of Alabama

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This is a story of redemption. This is how football saved the most racist state in America.

The Civil War: The One We Fought, The One We’re Still Fighting

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It officially ended 150 years ago on April 9 in Appomattox with General Lee’s surrender, but the deep divisions that produced the Civil War still roil our national psyche.

Climate Change and Drought: A Spark in Igniting Syria’s Civil War

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An abundance of history books tell us that civil unrest can never have a simple or unique cause. The Syrian conflict, now civil war, is no exception.

The Burning of Columbia and the Persistence of Confederate Mythology

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In the wake of the controversy which led to the closing of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, Louis Venters shares a blast from the Confederate past.

Reflecting on Thanksgiving in a Time of Crisis

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Rabbi Adina Lewittes urges us to be hopeful and fiercely optimistic during a Thanksgiving season when the world seems upside down.

Veteran’s Day and the Dead of Ox Hill

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Brian Shea on remembering not just the honored, but the forgotten.

The Success of Captain Whitaker’s Dress

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To mark Halloween, here’s a poem from Stephen Scott Whitaker about a costume–a costume that is both funny and indicative of how gender affects interactions.

Further Claims of Russian Troop Deployments Follow Capture of Soldiers in Donetsk, Ukraine

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President Poroshenko cancels a trip to Turkey, saying Russian forces are active on two fronts in eastern Ukraine.

Iraq Edges Towards Civil War Thanks to Post-Invasion Errors

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With ISIS wreaking havoc in major cities, the legacy of writing sectarian rifts into Iraq’s constitution is plain to see.

Ukraine Referendums: Another Attempt to Rewrite Ethnic History

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Staking a claim to Russianness in Ukraine has never been a simple matter.

Ukraine Separatists Engaged in High-Risk Game as They Press on with Referendum Plan

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Pro-Russian secessionists have ignored Putin’s call to postpone this weekend’s vote as the situation in Ukraine worsens.

In Praise Of Slavery

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Cliven Bundy isn’t the only person who thinks slavery in the United States was just fine.

Life Below The Mason-Dixon: It’s Not What You Might Think

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Article after article frames the South as backwards and ignorant. You would have to go there to know the truth.

Living by the Hobo Code

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Wil Elrick offers a brief history of hobos and an honor code that would serve us well today.