If Liverpool hadn't supplied it with warships, the South might not have been able to put up much of a fight against the Union.
One historian is plumbing the oft-discarded works of kids – from shipwreck tales to diary entries – to augment our understanding of U.S. history.
Historically black colleges account for only 3% of all colleges and universities. But, even today, 20% of black Americans earn their degrees at these schools.
What message does it send when we remove symbols of an unsavory – but important – part of American history?
The famous portrait, usually resident in France, is on a rare tour in the US. From looking at it, one might assume its subject had a tranquil, even monotonous, life. But one would be wrong.
Public opinion on the flag may have shifted with lightning speed, but how did it hold on as long as it did? The answer has to do with how it served both Democratic and Republican parties alike.
Symbols matter – and there's no stronger symbol than a flag in a post-conflict society.
The story of the Grand Review of the Union Armies in May 1865 and of the veterans of Sherman's March who believed that it was their campaign that helped bring the Civil War to its end.
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.
In hearing the case of a group determined to put an image of the Confederacy on a Texas license plate, the Supreme Court again examines the the limits of "offensive" speech.