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Monthly Archive for October, 2009

John Brown – “The Meteor of War”

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This article notes the 150th anniversary of John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry. The author (as well as the National Park Service) assumes that the raid was “the opening salvo” in the American Civil War. Was it really? Or did the conflict instead start earlier (Nat Turner revolt, Mexican War, Bleeding Kansas), or later (Fort […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Don’t Know Much about History

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Bad news: about a third of the students in my introductory American history course don’t know who was president during the Civil War. An equal number don’t know who Warren G. Harding was, either, which is easier to overlook. But the absence of historical knowledge raises serious questions for those of us who love history. […] [Read More]
Categories: General