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Story of a Failed Peace Mission~September 1864

A Failed Peace Mission

James Gilmore, age 42 at the time, was a Massachusetts writer and journalist. James Jaquess, age 44, came from Indiana and was a Methodist minister, educator and Union officer who believed that he could “covert” President Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy to peaceably ending the war. 2,533 more words

Civil War

"ALL our HEROES have CRIMINAL RECORDS": New Poster Series Asks Readers to Reconsider the Heroes They'll Find in Comics

We are very pleased to be releasing a new poster series at Word On the Street this weekend – “All Our HEROES Have Criminal Records… 651 more words


Violence and Labor

I’ve been working my way, slowly, through Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. It’s been very rewarding, and I anticipate that in the future I’ll be supplementing my usual theory-laden reading regimen with texts like this one which offer a broad perspective on huge swaths of history. 722 more words

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From Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States

A historian who studied Boston tax lists in 1687 and 1771 found that in 1687 there were, out of a population of six thousand, about one thousand property owners, and that the top 5 percent–1 percent of the population–consisted of fifty rich individuals who had 25 percent of the wealth.

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150 Years of Forgetting about the Tenant League - Part 2

In Part 1 we saw how the Leasehold system on Prince Edward Island throughout the mid-1800s created an imbalance of power between tenants and their absentee landlords. 5,279 more words