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A House Divided: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Tweeting the Civil War: South Carolina teeters on the brink of secession

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 and newspapers of the day, particularly The Washington...

By Mary Hadar  | December 17, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  150th anniversary, News, Tweeting the war  | Tags:  Tweeting the War  
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King and Lee together in film

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee are rarely associated with each other but staff at Shirley Plantation, near Richmond, Va., found enough similarities between the two heroic figures to create a 30-minute film to showcase...

By Linda Wheeler  | December 17, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Exhibits  
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New owner for Stonewall Jackson House

The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and the Stonewall Jackson House Foundation are close to finalizing an agreement that would transfer the Lexington, Va., house museum where VMI professor Thomas Jackson lived for two years to the institute, according to officials...

By Linda Wheeler  | December 13, 2010; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Exhibits, News  | Tags:  stonewall jackson house; vmi  
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Craig Symonds: What motivated South Carolina to secede so quickly?

One reason why South Carolina was the first State to secede is simply that it was the state with the most to lose from any threat to slavery because it had the largest percentage of black slaves in its population (58%)...

By Craig Symonds  | December 13, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frank Williams: What motivated South carolin to secede so quickly?

South Carolina, or the hotheads leading public opinion there, could not wait to secede. Any act by the North or Northerners would and did precipitate secession by (1) electing Lincoln president and (2) President Buchanan's weak-hearted attempt to re-supply Fort Sumter with the "Star of The West." Any act by the North or Northerners would and did precipitate secession...

By Frank Williams  | December 13, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lonnie Bunch: What motivated South Carolina to secede so quickly?

South Carolina was always a state where slavery and issues of race dominated its political structure, cultural life and economy. Slavery was so embedded in everything in South Carolina that it made sense for them to lead the secession movement...

By Lonnie Bunch  | December 13, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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John Marszalek: What motivated South Carolina to secede so quickly?

South Carolinians feared slavery insurrection and what that would do to their white society...

By John Marszalek  | December 13, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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