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A House Divided: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

Tweeting the Civil War: Peace Conference opens in D.C.

The Washington Post is tweeting the Civil War, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day. Follow us. Twitter recap from week one: Showdown in Charleston | Week...

By Mary Hadar  | February 4, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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One conference, three locations

Three educational institutions have come together to present a discussion on the roots of the Civil War but in three locations on three separate dates. The unusual arrangement allows the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, the Colonial...

By Linda Wheeler  | February 4, 2011; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Civil War history of Alexandria, Va. house uncovered

The crowd that gathered for a photographer in front of an Alexandria house as the Civil War ended was unusual for the times. Standing together were men and women, black and white, civilian and military. Children are lined up...

By Linda Wheeler  | February 4, 2011; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Escape from Ft. Sumter

As preparations for war increase, the women and children who have been living at Fort Sumter leave on board the steamer Marion, bound for New York. Their safe passage was negotiated by Maj Anderson, commander of Fort Sumter, with...

By Mary Hadar  | February 3, 2011; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Day by day, the war in the South

The University of North Carolina’s Wilson Library plans to post a daily account of what was happening in the South on the same date during the Civil War 150 years earlier, according to the UNC General Alumni Association. The...

By Linda Wheeler  | February 2, 2011; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free Civil War programs at National Archives

The National Archives has put together for February an impressive array of free programs concerning the Civil War. They include a little known Winslow Homer image; a study of Washington, D.C., during Reconstruction; espionage during the war; a film...

By Linda Wheeler  | February 2, 2011; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Edna Greene Medford: Why did the Peace Conference in Washington fail in its mission?

A litmus test was employed that assured loyalty to partisan interests, and delegates were instructed to hold firm to party positions. Partisanship trumped everything else, as each side defined peace as acquiescence by the other. ...

By Edna Greene Medford  | January 31, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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John Marszalek: Why did the Peace Conference in Washington fail in its mission?

Though Lincoln was willing to give in on some matters, even a thirteenth amendment to guarantee slavery where it already existed, when one of the parts of the resulting Crittenden Compromise called for an extension of the Missouri Compromise line to the Pacific, the whole effort was doomed. ...

By John Marszalek  | January 31, 2011; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frank Williams: Why did the Peace Conference fail in its mission?

The absence of 13 states was too great a handicap; there was only a thin moral majority and the conflicts between the radicals of North and South was too great to overcome. ...

By Frank Williams  | January 31, 2011; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Harold Holzer: Why did the Peace Conference in Washington fail in its mission?

And since Lincoln knew that the only way Southern delegates would be placated was with a compromise plan that did exactly what the President-elect rejected, the Convention was doomed to failure before it even gaveled to order at the Willard in February 1861. ...

By Harold Holzer  | January 31, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Four good reasons to visit Ford's Theatre in February

To mark President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Ford's Theatre has events planned throughout February. The wool overcoat that Lincoln wore to Ford’s the night he was killed will be back on display Feb. 12 and a play about a post-Civil War...

By Linda Wheeler  | January 30, 2011; 10:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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