A group of Union soldiers during the Civil War.
American History

Common Soldiers of the American Civil War

April 17, 2020

By Gary Gallagher, Ph.D., Duke University Too often history textbooks focus on the grandiose paradigm shifts that emanate from wartime instead of shedding light on, […]

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Learning Paths Will be Right Back!

February 17, 2020

Hello reader. We are performing some routine maintenance on our Learning Paths. We will have them back up momentarily!

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How the American Confederacy Was Born

July 18, 2019

By February 1, 1861, the Deep South states had left the Union. What happened next was the need for a new government. Go inside the dramatic political convention held in Montgomery, Alabama, which gave birth to the Confederate States of America. […]

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The South’s Slide to Secession

July 18, 2019

The election of 1860 concluded with Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans triumphant. The great question facing the United States: How would the South react? Take a closer look at the Lower South’s immediate move toward secession. […]

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Philosophical Views of the Middle Ages

July 18, 2019

For the Humanists, the Middle Ages were so dismal asto not be worth studying. But what about subsequent centuries of philosophers? How did Enlightenment and Romantic thinkers see this period of history? How do their competing views influence our understanding of whether the Middle Ages was a period to be cherished—or feared? […]

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