Fort Sumter marked the start of the Civil War, with Confederates shelling it on April 12, 1861. Today, the cannon rolls still reverberate in a country that remains at peace, but torn by ideological divides.
Dale Smith of Johnsonville, S.C., holds a Confederate Naval Jack flag as he looks out at Fort Sumter from the Battery in downtown Charleston, S.C., after cannon were fired to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War on April 12.
Sarah Ramadan, of Kuwait, poses for a photo under the Statue of Liberty in New York, on April 6. As talks to avoid a government showdown continue in Washington, the White House sought to put the prospect of a shutdown in terms people would care about, warning even that the beloved National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in the nation's capital would be wiped out. The Smithsonian Institution and national parks around the country, as well as the Statue of Liberty, would also be closed.
The 1860 race for the US presidency was a wild tangle of political strategy and skullduggery.
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?
Nikki Haley, with the help of Tea Party activists and Sarah Palin, overtook the old boy network to win the GOP runoff.