By Mary Elizabeth Walters
Today across America, parades and speeches will celebrate Veterans Day. As the Veterans Administration states, the day is “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotic love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
By Kathleen Thompson
I spent this summer on a research journey to find Union Civil War soldiers committed to insane asylums.
By Melissa Young
In this post for our Summer for Historians series, Melissa Farah Young considers how her internship at Birmingham Holocaust Education Center inspired her to shift her focus from language of trauma in Civil War letters to Holocaust oral history,
My barber and I occasionally talk about Rockville past as he gives me my biweekly trim. It’s usually in the vein of “My mother remembered when Rockville had wooden sidewalks” or “I can remember when your neighborhood was open fields.” Last Saturday I started it by saying, “What do you think about this meeting on Monday about the Confederate soldier statue?” “Oh, I knew that would come up again,” he replied.
By Doug Rossinow
The United States government is currently pursuing a host of policies, some of them quite aggressive, in the Middle East—a region that long has embroiled America in difficult and costly endeavors,
By Ernie Price
This year the staff at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park wanted the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Confederate surrender to Union troops at the end of the Civil War to look different than the previous large commemorations in 1965 and 1990.
This past weekend, I attended the Society for Military History annual meeting in Montgomery, Alabama. Though it’s true that everything—and everywhere—has a history,
For anyone interested in World War II era history, we have just posted up a pamphlet on the question _Shall We Have Universal Military Training_
. The pamphlet was originally written in early 1944 by Grayson L. Kirk, a government professor at Columbia University, at a time when members of the Franklin Roosevelt’s administration were actively promoting the idea of peacetime conscription to maintain a standing army after the war. At the last minute, however, members of George C. Marshall's staff feared this pamphlet was too political and destroyed all 200,000 printed copies.