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  • Joan Waugh on Grant's and Lee's 'gentlemen's agreement' ending the Civil War

    Joan Waugh on Grant's and Lee's 'gentlemen's agreement' ending the Civil War
    A century and a half ago, a brief encounter between two men, a Northerner and Southerner, altered the course of American history. I don't mean what you probably have in mind; the Lincoln assassination happened five days later. It was the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. For modern Americans, President Lincoln's assassination has eclipsed the surrender that signaled the end of a savage war. But at the time, souvenir hunters emptied the farmhouse in the village of Appomattox Court House, Va., where the surrender was signed; in later years, the victorious Grant would be twice elected president. Joan Waugh is a history professor at UCLA (where Grant's grandson once chaired the geology department), and her award-winning book “U.S. Grant, American Hero, American Myth” puts the spotlight back on an event that helped to knit a riven nation back together.
  • From the archives: Frederick Douglass on the Republican Party

    From the archives: Frederick Douglass on the Republican Party
    Editor's note: We mark the beginning of Black History Month with a 1883 letter from Frederick Douglass on his loyalty to the Republican Party. The letter followed on the heels of Douglass' appearance at the National Convention of Colored Men in...

    Me, My Shelf and I: JC Steinbrunner

    Me, My Shelf and I: JC Steinbrunner
    JC Steinbrunner doesn’t shy away from 3,000-page tomes. In fact, several of the books in his Civil War–centric collection could serve double duty as doorstops. The painter and founder of the Salon Series — who lives in Lakeview with...

    Review: 'The Cause of All Nations' by Don H. Doyle

    Review: 'The Cause of All Nations' by Don H. Doyle
    For many years, our popular conception of the Civil War has been of the war itself — military strategists peering over giant maps, soldiers advancing on the battlefields at Antietam and Gettysburg, Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House —...

    A cathedral could become a museum to a painful legacy: slavery

    A cathedral could become a museum to a painful legacy: slavery
    The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island may be on to something good. As much of the rest of the nation continues to debate what happened in Ferguson, Mo., and the spotlight it shines on the sharp differences between how whites and blacks view race...