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A House Divided: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Tweeting the War: Showdown in Charleston

Updated: 12/20/10, 12:55 p.m. ET As we posted yesterday,The Washington Post is tweeting the events leading to the secession of South Carolina 150 years ago, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records...

By Mary Hadar  | December 10, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tweeting the War

In 1860, after the election of Abraham Lincoln, the United States teetered on the brink of disunion. Southern states, fearing permanent loss of power once Lincoln took office, determined to secede and form an independent nation. South Carolina was the...

By Mary Hadar  | December 9, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gary Gallagher: Was the election of Abraham Lincoln a threat to the South?

The degree of threat posed to slavery by Lincoln's election thus lay ...in the eye of the beholder...

By Gary Gallagher  | December 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frank Williams: Was the election of Abraham Lincoln a threat to the South?

Lincoln was clear in his belief and public statements ...that he was unalterably opposed to the extension of slavery...

By Frank Williams  | December 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lonnie Bunch: Was the election of Abraham Lincoln a threat to the South?

Lincoln’s election was the spark that ignited a long simmering conflict that would eventually be settled by war.

By Lonnie Bunch  | December 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stephanie McCurry: Was the election of Abraham Lincoln a threat to the South?

Lincoln’s vision of American democracy was grounded in the dignity and self-ownership of labor...

By Stephanie McCurry  | December 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike Musick: Was the election of Abraham Lincon a threat to the South?

In hindsight, it seems clear that slavery was much safer in the Union than out of it, at least for a time. Indeed, it now appears with even greater clarity that the real threat to the well-being of the Southern people - all of them - was the survival of slavery itself.

By Mike Musick  | December 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Harold Holzer: Was the election of Abraham Lincoln a threat to the South?

Even an anti-slavery presence in a village Post Office was viewed as a threat to the region’s stranglehold over their millions of subjugated black residents...

By Harold Holzer  | December 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Civil War Flag Flap

New logo. (Photographs © Armed Forces History, NMAH, SI) With this posting, our new Civil War logo makes its debut, featuring the battle flags of one Union and one Confederate regiment. The logo you see here will appear on...

By Linda Wheeler  | December 6, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Tonight is one chance to see WV records exhibit

The West Virginia Archives and History in Charleston is hosting a two-hour exhibit of some of its most important records during an open house event. Between 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 6, the staff will have on display records pertaining...

By Linda Wheeler  | December 6, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brent Glass: What are the best new Civil War books?

"James M. McPherson's 'The Battle Cry of Freedom' is still the best single account of the causes, conduct, and consequences of the war."

By Brent D. Glass  | December 6, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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