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Lincoln, Lieber, and the Politics of Captivity
During the Civil War, 410,000 people were held as prisoners of war on both sides. With resources strained by the unprecedented number of prisoners, conditions in overcrowded prison camps were dismal, and the death toll across Confederate and Union prisons reached 56,000 by the end of the war. In an...
Published August 13th 2014 by Routledge
Music and the Rise of American Youth Culture
Rock and roll music evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and 1950s, as a combination of African American blues, country, pop, and gospel music produced a new musical genre. Even as it captured the ears of the nation, rock and roll was the subject of controversy and contention....
Published May 6th 2014 by Routledge
America's Experience in the Global Health Crisis
In 1918, a devastating world-wide influenza epidemic hit the United States. Killing over 600,000 Americans and causing the national death rate to jump 30% in a single year, the outbreak obstructed the country's participation in World War I and imposed terrible challenges on communities across the...
Published March 18th 2014 by Routledge
Labor, Violence, and American Industry
On July 6, 1892, three hundred armed Pinkerton agents arrived in Homestead, Pennsylvania to retake the Carnegie Steelworks from the company's striking workers. As the agents tried to leave their boats, shots rang out and a violent skirmish began. The confrontation at Homestead was a turning point...
Published December 13th 2013 by Routledge
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 Espionage and Sedition Acts: World War I and the Image of Civil Liberties
To Be Published October 1st 2015
The 1960 Lunch Counter Sit-Ins: Standing Up for Racial Justice
To Be Published November 1st 2015