Civil War

Oklahoma Voices
11:30 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Where Did Freedom Come From? A Case For Coincidence In U.S. History’s Defining Conflict

Our Banner in the Sky
Frederic Edwin Church Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The nation pauses Monday to mark Memorial Day and honor the thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country’s freedom. The holiday started in the late 1860s to honor Union and Confederate soldiers killed during the four brutal years of the American Civil War.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:35 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Panel Explores How To Make History Vital To 21st Century Education

(L-R): Kyle Harper, Ronald White, Allen Guelzo, Joan Waugh, Ed Ayers, Vernon Burton, John Wilmerding.
Credit The University of Oklahoma / iTunesU

During the University of Oklahoma’s 2014 “Teach-In on the Civil War,” each speaker gathered on stage for a panel discussion about Freedom in America and Civic Education, moderated by OU interim provost and director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage Kyle Harper.

Richmond University President Ed Ayers says in order to ensure its vitality, the humanities need to play offense, rather than defense.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:55 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Abraham Lincoln's 'Four Roads to Emancipation'

General Records of the United States National Archives

Historian Allen Guelzo calls the Emancipation Proclamation “the single most sweeping presidential action in American history.” It dealt with slavery in a way the Framers during the Constitutional Convention never did, and decidedly outlined a key goal of the Union during the Civil War.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

How The South Destroyed The Legacy Of War Hero And ‘Essential President' U.S. Grant

U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, circa 1870
Matthew Brady Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

Over the past six decades, dozens of scholarly surveys have attempted to rank the terms of U.S presidents. Beginning with Arthur Schlesinger’s poll in Life magazine in 1948, Ulysses S. Grant shows up near the bottom of dozens of lists well into the early 2000s.

Since a 2005 Wall Street Journal poll, though, Grant’s legacy has gradually improved over the last decade.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:35 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Three Reasons Why American Artists Rarely Painted The Civil War

Prisoners from the Front
Winslow Homer The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The first two major American military conflicts produced some of the most important art of the 18th and 19th centuries. John Trumbull’s portraits of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Alexander Hamilton were later immortalized on the back of U.S. currency, and Thomas Birch documented the major navel battles of the War of 1812.

But there’s a void in cultural output when it comes to the Civil War. Princeton University art historian John Wilmerding argues there are three reasons: a high point of American literature, the rise of photography, and the American landscape as the definition of national identity.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:14 am
Mon April 14, 2014

How Abraham Lincoln Used 701 Words To "Bind Up The Nation's Wounds"

The handwritten opening lines of President Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address, delivered March 4, 1865.
Credit Library of Congress

A little over a month before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address as the Civil War drew to a close.

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Oklahoma Voices
10:14 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Changing Demographics May Help Recovery Of Southern Democrats

Lloyd's new military map of the border & southern states from 1864.
Credit Author: Hall, Edward S. Publisher: H.H. Lloyd & Co. / Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL

Three political scientists who study the politics of southern states in the U.S. say shifts in population from rural areas to urban centers could help Democrats win more elections.

Scott Buchanan of the Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics says there is evidence the move is already taking place in Florida and Virginia.

Buchanan also says the coast of South Carolina is seeing an influx of immigration from other states, changing the politics of the area.

The Democrats lost the south, in part, because they failed to develop their party, according to the University of Georgia’s Charles S. Bullock III. He says they took their dominance for granted and did not develop candidates in the face of a rising GOP presence.

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