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Juneteenth: The Historical Significance of June 19

Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. But it’s come to have a broader meaning, celebrating the freedom of all black slaves. The date became even more important … Continue reading

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The 14th Amendment: Reinventing Freedom

Our nation has few inconsequential constitutional amendments – maybe the one we repealed – but few, if any, were as revolutionary as the 14th amendment, which addressed citizenship rights and equal protection of the law following the Civil War. Our series on … Continue reading

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Popping up at the park

It’s National Park Week and there’s no better way to celebrate than with our friends down the street at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. (Lawnfield, to the locals.) We visited the historic site on Monday for its annual Easter … Continue reading

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The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

No presidential assassination is inconsequential, but Abraham Lincoln’s murder was a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. It set the tone for the lengthy and contentious Reconstruction Era – though perhaps not the way in which his assassin, John Wilkes Booth, … Continue reading

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Life & Legacy of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Our Civil War series continues with the hero of Little Round Top – well, certainly one of the heroes – Brevet Major-General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Many of us know about the heroics of the 20th Maine at Gettysburg. But what about the injury … Continue reading

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