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News From Around the South 6/11 to 6/18

News From Around the South 6/11 to 6/18

SOUTH CAROLINA: Charleston Considers Apologizing for Slavery The city of Charleston may become the next Southern city to apologize for its role in the slave trade, and the timing is significant. City Council will consider a two-page apology resolution Tuesday, which happens to be “Juneteenth” — the annual celebration of June 19, 1865, the day a…

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News From Around the South 6/5 to 6/12

News From Around the South 6/5 to 6/12

GEORGIA: Georgia Teen’s Civil War Diary to Be Published MACON, Ga. — LeRoy Wiley Gresham’s short, painful life in Macon ended about the same time as the Civil War, but he left behind a legacy treasured by historians. Starting in 1860 at the age of 12, a few months before Georgia seceded from the Union, he started…

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Behind Trump’s Exasperation

At the G-7 summit in Canada, President Donald Trump described America as “the piggy bank that everybody is robbing.” After he left Quebec, his director of Trade and Industrial Policy, Peter Navarro, added a few parting words for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in…

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Triumphs of the Reconstruction

Triumphs of the Reconstruction

The era in United States history known as Reconstruction forms a sort of coda to the traumatic years of the American Civil War of 1861-1865. It also the ugly duckling of American history. The 12 years that are the conventional designation of the Reconstruction period, from 1865 to 1877, teem with associations and developments which…

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Severe Storms & Baseball-Size Hail Hits North Texas

Severe Storms & Baseball-Size Hail Hits North Texas

CARROLLTON – Severe storms, including hail the size of baseballs, left a trail of damage from Carrollton to Coppell to Arlington early Wednesday. Windows and skylights were shattered, car lights were cracked or smashed, and tree branches were knocked to the ground. “It actually sounded like God was throwing rocks at us,” said Coppell resident Brandi…

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Forgotten Munitions Get New Spotlight

Forgotten Munitions Get New Spotlight

“Dumped and Forgotten Below the Milam Street Bridge,” explores Houston’s role in the Civil War through munitions, artifacts and history.Photo courtesy of The Heritage Society This story is more Cold Case Files than clickbait. Archaeologists really did find more than 1,000 Civil War era objects and munitions dumped into Buffalo Bayou under the Milam Street bridge. The…

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Whose Heritage? Monuments Slow to Come Down

Whose Heritage? Monuments Slow to Come Down

A report released this week by the Southern Poverty Law Center finds that 110 monuments and other symbols of the Confederacy publicly displayed in the United States have been removed since the summer of 2015, when a white supremacist who venerated those symbols killed nine black parishioners at a Charleston church. But more than 1,700 of the symbols still stand, protected in…

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Can President Trump Shoot Jim Comey?

Last weekend, the White House leaked a copy of a letter sent by President Donald Trump’s legal team on Jan. 29 to special counsel Robert Mueller. The letter set forth the president’s legal strategy, arguing essentially that he is immune from prosecution for any crime. To soften the tone of this poorly received letter, the…

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News From Around the South 5-28 to 6/4

News From Around the South 5-28 to 6/4

SOUTH CAROLINA: Most Confederate Monuments Remain After Emmanuel Church Shooting The Charleston Defenders of the Confederacy monument at White Point Garden is one of three prominent Confederate memorials in the city. Brad Nettles/Staff About 110 Confederate monuments and designations have been removed from the national landscape in recent years, but a new survey shows many…

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Who Killed Robert Kennedy?

WASHINGTON — I have never believed in conspiracy theories. Though some critics have lumped me in with conspiracy theorists excogitating on Clinton aide Vince Foster’s death in Fort Marcy Park and other such phantasmagorias, I plead innocence. It is just too difficult to keep a conspiracy under wraps, particularly in Washington and New York, where…

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News From Around the South 5/21 to 5/28

News From Around the South 5/21 to 5/28

GEORGIA: GPS, Tall Trucks Biggest Danger to Civil War Bridge 0:40 | Play story An historic bridge in Cobb County has become somewhat of a headache for truck drivers. Trucks and cars with trailers attached seem to keep running into the warning beam in front of the Concord Covered Bridge. The latest was a U-Haul truck.All…

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New Archive for African-American Civil War Soldiers

New Archive for African-American Civil War Soldiers

A new project is working to put records of the United States Colored Troops—regiments of African-American soldiers that included large numbers of men who had been slaves at the start of the Civil War—online. Just a few weeks prior to the Battle of Gettysburg, the Union Army officially created the United States Colored Troops (USCT)….

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Can Trump Lawfully Investigate Investigators?

This past weekend, President Donald Trump suggested that his presidential campaign may have been the victim of spies or moles who were FBI informants or undercover agents. He demanded an investigation to get to the bottom of the matter. At the same time that the president was fuming over this, Republican congressional leaders were fuming…

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How Far Could Civil War Balloonists See?

How Far Could Civil War Balloonists See?

How the landscape across the Potomac River from Edwards Ferry, Maryland, would have looked to a Civil War “aeronaut.” See below for interactive 360-degree view. (Visualization by AirPhotosLIVE.com) Ordinarily you would find Jim Green at NASA headquarters in Washington, where, as the agency’s Chief Scientist, he helps plan the future exploration of the cosmos. But on…

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News From Around the South 5/14 to 5/22

News From Around the South 5/14 to 5/22

FLORIDA: Miami Man Charged With Mosque Bomb Threat Posted Confederate Flag Online MIAMI — Last October, Cutler Bay resident Dustin Hughes stamped his profile picture with an image of a Confederate flag and the message “Heritage not hate.” But hate is exactly what has landed Hughes in jail on felony charges. Prosecutors say Hughes repeatedly called…

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After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled the Singapore summit, the Pentagon dialed them back. The B-52 exercises alongside F-22 stealth fighters were canceled. But Pyongyang had other objections. Sunday, NSC adviser John Bolton spoke of a “Libyan…

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Winn-Dixie Bankruptcy Approved

Winn-Dixie Bankruptcy Approved

Winn-Dixie workers packaged mini donuts in Hyde Park location. (JAMES BORCHUCK | Times) Winn-Dixie’s parent company Southeastern Grocers plans to emerge from bankruptcy in “coming weeks,” after a judge approved its reorganization plan on Monday, officials said. Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on March 27 in a Delaware courtroom. Previous coverage:Winn-Dixie…

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Song ‘Dixie’ Reveals Layers of Southern Culture, History

Song ‘Dixie’ Reveals Layers of Southern Culture, History

The history of Dixie is as messy as it is long: a southern folk song that was claimed to be written by an Ohioan, as well as a favorite tune of Abraham Lincoln that was later claimed as a spoil of war. ‘Dixie,’ used both to celebrate and indict the south, was described by Dr….

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Denying Trump’s Accomplishments Irrational

Some people still can’t stomach the idea of a Donald Trump presidency and so remain in denial about his mounting policy successes, but their resistance is looking increasingly proud and petty. It’s risky to predict future trends, especially the political fortunes of government leaders and the results they might achieve, because there are so many…

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News From Around the South 5/7 to 5/14

News From Around the South 5/7 to 5/14

NORTH CAROLINA: Ground Broken on $65M Civil War History Center FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.: Ground was ceremonially broken in Fayetteville on Wednesday for a $65 million museum complex dedicated to the Civil War era, the most divided period in American history. Former Gov. Jim Hunt speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the North…

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