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April is Apparently Confederate Heritage Month

Earlier this year, at the behest of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the State of Mississippi declared April to be Confederate Heritage Month. “It is important for all Americans to reflect upon our nation’s past,” read the proclamation, “to gain insight from our mistakes and successes, and to come to

The Civil War – A Conflict By Any Other Name

The American Civil War, like many of its battles, has a multitude of names. Were these all simply different ways to say the same thing? Or were there ideologies behind them? Was the difference between "War of the Rebellion" and "War Between the States" basically the same as the difference

An Admirable Demonstration – Celebrating Emancipation Day Before the Civil War

Emancipation Day is one of our nation’s oldest and longest-celebrated holidays, predating Memorial Day, Mothers Day, even Thanksgiving. Despite this, there is not even a single unofficial date when we commemorate the manumission of our nation’s slaves. A look to the pre-Civil War history of the observation may give us some clues as to why that is.

History – Not Heritage Not Hate (A Preface)

Anyone with even a fleeting interest in the Civil War has heard the term "heritage" tossed around as almost a synonym for "history." But in definition, they are two vastly different ideas. The differences between the study of history and the honoring of heritage should be obvious. But in practice,