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I don’t think this is the first time I’ve linked to an article about just how horribly Ken Burns’ The Civil War has aged, since he chose to make good ol’ Shelby “Nathan Bedford Forrest is my hero” Foote the star of the series. But it’s good to revisit this when we can. One of […]
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This is the grave of George Thomas. Born in 1816 in Southhampton County, Virginia, Thomas grew up in a family of slaveholders. They owned 685 acres and 24 slaves in 1829, despite the fact that his father had died in a farming accident. In fact, he was very nearly killed in Nat Turner’s Revolt. The […]
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Scott referenced Jamelle Bouie’s Times piece on the problems of free labor ideology and the failures of Reconstruction. It is really outstanding. The most important thing to understand about mid to late 19th century America is free labor ideology. But it’s hard to easily grasp. Basically, it is the idea that the future of the […]
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This is the grave of Fernando Wood. Born in 1812 in Philadelphia, Wood’s Spanish first name, highly unusual for an English-American at the time, came out of a gothic novel his mother liked. His family moved to New York in 1820. Wood became a bar owner, became a successful merchant, and went into politics as […]
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