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The Long March to Freedom
On March 7, 1965, a peaceful voting rights demonstration in Selma, Alabama, was met with an unprovoked attack of shocking violence that riveted the attention of the nation. In the days and weeks following "Bloody Sunday," the demonstrators would not be deterred, and thousands of others joined their...
Published November 18th 2013 by Routledge
North, South, and the Status of African Americans in the Civil War Era
On April 12, 1864, a small Union force occupying Fort Pillow, Tennessee, a fortress located on the Mississippi River just north of Memphis, was overwhelmed by a larger Confederate force under the command of Nathan Bedford Forrest. While the battle was insignificant from a strategic standpoint, the...
Published October 27th 2013 by Routledge
Ronald Reagan and the Shaping of the American Conservative Movement
Ronald Reagan’s victory in the 1980 presidential election marked a watershed moment in the history of the United States, heralding the triumph of the American conservative movement. Once a supporter of the New Deal, Reagan had come to symbolize the union of three diverse forms of...
Published October 25th 2013 by Routledge
A Global Context
In 1803, the United States purchased 828,000 square miles of land from France at a price of approximately three cents per acre, dramatically altering the young nation’s geography and its political future. President Thomas Jefferson had struggled for three years over the purchase, which many...
Published October 14th 2013 by Routledge
Religious Conflict in the 19th Century
By the mid nineteenth century, anti-Catholicism had become a central conflict in America. Fueling the dissent were Protestant groups dedicated to maintaining what they understood to be the Christian vision and spirit of the "founding fathers." Afraid of the religious and moral impact of Catholics,...
Published March 26th 2013 by Routledge
The Threshold of Nuclear War
For thirteen days in October of 1962, a truly perilous flirtation with nuclear war developed between the United States and USSR, as the superpowers argued over the installation of Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba. Launched by rash judgment and concluded through circumspect leadership, the Cuban...
Published March 19th 2013 by Routledge
The American Revolution in the Southern Backcountry
The American South is so identified with the Civil War that people often forget that the key battles from the final years of the American Revolution were fought in Southern states. The Southern backcountry was the center of the fight for independence, but backcountry devotion to the Patriot cause...
Published October 15th 2012 by Routledge
Truman, Civil Rights, and Executive Order 9981
On the eve of America’s entry into World War II, African American leaders pushed for inclusion in the war effort and, after the war, they mounted a concerted effort to integrate the armed services. Harry S. Truman’s decision to issue Executive Order 9981 in 1948, which resulted in the integration...
Published October 3rd 2012 by Routledge
Political Trauma and American Memory
On November 22nd, 1963 the assassination of President John F. Kennedy set into motion a series of events that irrevocably changed American politics and culture. The media frenzy spawned by the controversy surrounding the death of JFK has since given way to a powerful public memory that continues to...
Published October 2nd 2012 by Routledge
Custer's Last Stand in Memory, History, and Popular Culture
In June of 1876, the U.S. government’s plan to pressure the Lakota and Cheyenne people onto reservations came to a dramatic and violent end with a battle that would become enshrined in American memory. In the eyes of many Americans at the time, the Battle of Little Bighorn represented a symbolic...
Published July 19th 2012 by Routledge
The Homestead Strike: Labor, Violence, and American Industry
To Be Published December 18th 2013
The Flu Epidemic of 1918: America's Experience in the Global Health Crisis
To Be Published March 26th 2014
The Emergence of Rock and Roll: Music and the Rise of American Youth Culture
To Be Published May 26th 2014
Transforming Civil War Prisons: Lincoln, Lieber, and the Politics of Captivity
To Be Published July 31st 2014
The Emancipation Proclamation: Race Relations on the Eve of Reconstruction
To Be Published August 31st 2014
Watergate: Twentieth-Century Constitutional Crisis
To Be Published September 30th 2014