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HOLY COW! HISTORY: Meet Sallie, The Civil War Vet

The soldiers breathed a huge sigh of relief. Sallie was safe and unharmed. Slightly dazed and numb, even traumatized. But who wasn’t traumatized at that moment? After all, they had just come through the bloodiest battle ever fought in the western hemisphere. Sallie wasn’t a combatant. She didn’t carry a gun or wear a uniform.

History

Holy Cow! History: Wild Last Wills of the Rich and Famous

Ben Franklin may have been right that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” but we hate preparing for both. Many people put off writing their last wills and testaments, perhaps to avoid confronting their own mortality. But when they do, their decisions about distributing their estates can reveal much. Let

Opinion

Opinion: What Would Lincoln Think of Impeachment?

Abraham Lincoln was born 212 years ago this week, on February 12, 1809, and it is tempting in these divided times to wonder what he would think about events now taking place in Washington, DC and its effects on national unity, a subject always on Old Abe’s mind. Lincoln no doubt would have been horrified

Opinion

Opinion: The Worst Transitions in U.S. Presidential History

As we look back on the 2020 election and the subsequent transition from the Trump to the Biden administrations, it seems almost certain that this will be viewed by both historians and the public as among the worst transitions in American presidential history. But it does not stand alone. While it is absolutely clear a

Opinion

Opinion: Why Biden’s VP Pick Matters

Sometime within the next week or so, Joe Biden will make the most important decision of his political career. If he is elected president in November, it could have momentous — or disastrous — consequences for the United States: his choice of running mate. Should Biden be defeated, his pick will be irrelevant. But with

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