American Civil War

September 13, 2019 - 9:01 am
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A worker has found a Civil War cannonball lodged in a Kansas City area tree that he was hired to take down. KMBC-TV reports the small cannonball fell out as the worker was chopping up the diseased tree on the grounds of the Overfelt-Johnston house. The house was used as a...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, Zebiyan Fields, 11, at center, drums alongside more than 20 kids at the front of the Juneteenth parade in Flint, Mich. Juneteenth celebration started with the freed slaves of Galveston, Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the South in 1863, it could not be enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War in 1865. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)
June 14, 2019 - 9:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union soldiers in 1865 told enslaved African Americans in...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2018 file photo, a student hops off the school bus at Dixie Elementary School in San Rafael, Calif. The Dixie School District board in the California city of San Rafael plans to vote on whether to keep its name, which critics say it is linked to the Confederacy and slavery and supporters maintain is it named after a Native American woman. (Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)
April 17, 2019 - 3:46 am
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — The Dixie School District board voted Tuesday night to change the name of the 150-year-old district after critics linked it to the Confederacy and slavery. Trustees voted 3-1, with one abstention, to change both the name of the San Francisco Bay Area district and the name...
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In this Feb. 28, 2019, photo a worker adjusts a banner celebrating Alabama's bicentennial outside the Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama is the latest state trying to balance a painful past with other parts of its history as it recognizes its 200th birthday as a state. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
March 31, 2019 - 12:38 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In 1961, Alabama marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War with white women dressed in hoop skirts parading through a coliseum and a re-enactment of the inauguration of the Confederate president at the state Capitol. The state's 2019 bicentennial...
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Director of the Valentine museum Bill Martin gestures as he looks over one of the proposals for changes to Confederate statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. A new exhibit in Richmond showcases designs and ideas on what to do with Richmond's Confederate monuments. Local artists hope the exhibit will spark conversations about how to accurately document the city's history while not glorifying Confederate leaders. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
March 09, 2019 - 11:39 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — They are towering figures, larger-than-life statues that honor heroes of a bygone era. The Confederate leaders memorialized on Richmond's Monument Avenue were once revered, but have become flashpoints in a national debate about how symbols of slavery and white supremacy should...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo, barber Thomas Carter cuts a customer's hair in Detroit. Carter says there's nothing funny about blackface, calling it a "huge form of disrespect" to African Americans. Past uses of blackface as attempts to humor have clouded the political futures of two of Virginia's top leaders, while angering many African Americans who see it as part of America's painful history of racism, hate and exploitation. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
February 08, 2019 - 5:36 pm
DETROIT (AP) — In the brightly lit Vintage Barbershop in northwest Detroit, Thomas Carter carefully trimmed the graying hair of a customer as he was asked about photos that depict whites wearing blackface. He paused and slowly scanned the shop where about a half-dozen black men of various ages...
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FILE - This June 27, 2017 file photo shows the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the middle of a traffic circle on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. Statues of Confederate generals and other symbols of Richmond's once-booming slave trade stand as painful reminders of the city's turbulent racial past. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 07, 2019 - 1:12 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The discovery last week of a racist photo on Gov. Ralph Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook page has served as a glaring reminder that Virginia — a former bastion of slavery and white supremacy— continues to struggle with mindsets shaped by its turbulent racial history. Even...
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February 06, 2019 - 4:44 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two Civil War battlefields in North Carolina will add more than 50 acres (20 hectares) with the help of federal grants. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Averasboro Battlefield will gain around 49 acres (19 hectares), while Bentonville Battlefield will get 2.8...
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President and CEO of PBS Paula Kerger speaks during the PBS Executive Session at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
February 02, 2019 - 7:39 pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. ____ NO RELAXING PBS chief executive Paula Kerger isn't taking her funding for granted just because Democrats...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 1974, file photo Vice President Gerald Ford and House Speaker Carl Albert listen to President Richard Nixon deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington. President Donald Trump will deliver his State of the Union address at one of the most contentious times in his stewardship of the nation, but others may have had it worse: Abraham Lincoln had the Civil War, Nixon was caught up in Watergate and Bill Clinton was impeached. (AP Photo)
February 02, 2019 - 2:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address at a time of turmoil. But others may have had it even worse. Abraham Lincoln delivered a written report during the Civil War, Richard Nixon spoke while embroiled in the Watergate scandal...
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