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150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: Media Round-Up

150 years ago today, Lincoln delivered The Gettysburg Address. It has been great to see the event get so much media attention. I’m also gratified that our book was well-represented as a small part of that. Slate Magazine — to

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The “E” Is For “Enigma”: How Should We Remember Robert E. Lee? Part 3

[This is the third part of a series of blog posts about Robert E. Lee and what became of his stripped status as an American citizen after the Civil War. You can jump to the first post here, second post

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The “E” Is For “Enigma”: How Should We Remember Robert E. Lee? Part 2

[This is the second part of a series of blog posts about Robert E. Lee and what became of his stripped status as an American citizen after the Civil War. You can jump to the first post here.] U.S. citizenship

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The “E” Is For “Enigma:” How Should We Remember Robert E. Lee? Part 1

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’m fascinated about the matter of Robert E. Lee’s legacy in general, and the story of what happened to his status as an American citizen in particular. The subject of Lee’s American

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Thank You, Slate Political Gabfest!

Podcasts. They’re big in my life. I came tardy to the party of listening to podcasts the “right” way. But in the past there has been audio content of which I’ve been so enamored that I have even rigged up

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National Book Festival 2013 — And Robert E. Lee’s Arlington House

Even though I live 2,287 miles away (as the crow flies), I’m an unabashed lover of the Library of Congress. So complete is my ardor that I carry my LOC reader’s credentials with me almost everywhere. Well, that’s actually because,

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Cleveland Civil War Roundtable

It was a real pleasure Wednesday night to be a guest at the monthly dinner of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable. I’d like to single out Mike Wells, the outgoing president of the group, for making me feel so welcome.

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Publisher’s Weekly Review

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Many of us will admit to sleeping through history class but we might have stayed awake if we’d been taught by the crafters of this graphic novel, which examines one of our nation’s most oft-quoted presidential speeches.

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Kirkus Review

From Kirkus Reviews: (Starred review) “Where the format might lead some readers to anticipate a simplified primer, this second collaboration by Hennessey and McConnell (The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, 2008) again finds them probing the implications of history

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The Civil War: A [True] American Horror Story

The Civil War has long struck me, in a certain way, like a horror movie. In a horror movie, a dreadful something — something no reasonable person could expect to genuinely exist — suddenly arrives and savages the comforts and

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