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A House Divided: November 7, 2010 - November 13, 2010

Ohio town honors forgotten Civil War soldier

In Anderson Township, Ohio, an African American Civil War soldier will have a gravestone for the first time since he died 84 years ago. Clay Trotter was a farmer in Lexington, Ky., when he was recruited in 1864 to join...

By Linda Wheeler  | November 10, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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John Marszalek: Could the war have been prevented?

Of course. No event in human history is predestined to occur just as it did. However, to avoid a war over slavery sometime would have required the 19th century before 1861 to have developed differently...

By John Marszalek  | November 9, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gary Gallagher: Could the war have been prevented?

It could have been avoided if Republicans had not won the election of 1860 and Democratic rule in Washington, which always gave slaveholders a disproportionate measure of power, had continued...

By Gary Gallagher  | November 9, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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No fee at national battlefields on Thursday

In honor of Veterans Day on Thursday, the National Park Service is waiving the entrance fee at all its battlefield parks and Civil War sites. Only a few charge a fee but the ones that do are among the most...

By Linda Wheeler  | November 9, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kate Masur: Could the war have been prevented?

The war could have been avoided if southern leaders had taken a clear-eyed look at the changing realities they faced and chosen to negotiate with the Republicans....

By Kate Masur  | November 8, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Brent Glass: Could the war have been prevented?

It was possible to avoid -- or at least delay -- the start of the Civil War if President Lincoln had instructed Union troops at Ft. Sumter to not defend a federal property and quietly withdraw....

By Brent Glass  | November 8, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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David Blight: Could the war have been prevented?

The only way war on some scale might have been avoided in the spring of 1861 is for Lincoln and the Republicans to give up the very cause for which their party and their coalition across the North had rallied -- to cordon off and restrict the future of slavery in defense of free labor ideology and a more egalitarian society -- and for Southern secessionists to give up their conviction that their slave society and their racial order were under desperate threat from that new Republican persuasion and simply wait for another four-year cycle of elections.

By David Blight  | November 8, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Harold Holzer: Could the war have been prevented?

As long as the Confederacy was willing to fight to destroy the Union, and as long as the Union was willing to fight to save itself, war was unavoidable...

By Harold Holzer  | November 8, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dana Shoaf: Could the war have been prevented?

I think the only way the war could have been prevented was if the English Crown had established and enforced a universal policy for slavery during the colonial period....

By Dana Shoaf  | November 8, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lincoln Forum still has space

The 15th annual Lincoln Forum symposium in Gettysburg, scheduled for Nov. 16 to 18, is usually sold out by now but there are a few spaces left. I have attended the last eight of these symposia and recommend them highly...

By Linda Wheeler  | November 7, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Chat with Ed Ayers and Ken Burns

Updated: 11/9/10 Tuesday is Civil War day at Washington Post.com with two terrific historians of the war chatting live for 30 minutes each. At 11 a.m., Ed Ayers, an historian of the American South, author of 10 books and the...

By Linda Wheeler  | November 7, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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