Ulysses S. Grant may not be remembered as our best president, but his memoir is often cited as the best of all presidential writings.
On the 150th anniversary of the onset of the US Civil War, a lively, compelling account of its roots.
The past year in US politics has been full of more alienation and polarization than at any time since 1861, all of it now capped off in the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. As in 1861, today's divide has opened up over a single deep question. But this fundamental collision of values doesn't mean violence is inevitable.
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War kicks off Nov. 6. Dramatic events from Fort Sumter to Lincoln's assassination once again will enthrall Americans. But does 'the second American revolution' also have other things to say in 2010 about the rise of new political forces and race relations today?
Gen. George Custer for US president? Not if Ulysses S. Grant could help it.
After restoring Confederate History Month in Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell amended his proclamation to decry slavery. Both the left and the right have used the occasion to score political points, sometimes twisting the historical record to their own ends.
The Virginia gunman allegedly killed eight in Appomattox before fleeing to the woods and later turning himself in. It's the region's deadliest shooting since the 2007 Virginia Tech rampage.