The conflict between North and South stands as one of the only civil wars in human history that did not end in monarchy or dictatorship. Its lessons hold enduring value for the modern struggle to defend liberal democratic principles without compromising them in times of existential crisis.
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?
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: A newly renovated Anderson Cottage at the Old Soldier's Home is also known as Lincoln's Cottage in Washington. For three summers Abraham Lincoln and his family retreated to the cottage in a military complex on the outskirts of Washington. It is believed he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation there, and this is where he heard the news of the Union victory at Gettysburg.
Failing to repair and keep afloat the USS Olympia, a heroic ship of the Spanish-American War, would say a lot about America’s priorities.
The horror of the Civil War revolutionized the treatment of US war casualties.
African-American Civil War Memorial: Located in Northwest Washington, D.C., this memorial is dedicated to the 209,145 African-American soldiers and sailors who fought for the Union in the Civil War. It features “The Spirit of Freedom,” a bronze circular sculpture, and a plaque carved with the names of those who served in the war.
Gen. George Custer for US president? Not if Ulysses S. Grant could help it.