Many white Southerns have cherished the memory of Nathan Bedford Forrest -- a Confederate general and founding Klansman. But a new controversy reveals how much Civil War remembrance has changed.
Hollywood will never make a movie that satisfies professional scholars. But as a work of art, Lincoln offers plenty to admire.
On the anniversary of Antietam, a new PBS documentary captures the grief of 19th century Americans but not their attitude toward redemption.
Journalists love to recycle old clichés about the rebel banner. But its days as an official symbol of Southern pride are rapidly coming to an end.
A bizarre attack on a beloved Boston memorial raises questions about how we portray the conflict at its 150-year anniversary.
In 1950s America, pre-civil war plantations were depicted as scenes of peaceful coexistence between master and slaves.
Southerners have falsely claimed that "Black Confederates" fought in the Civil War. But the North has a myth of its own.
The gray-haired enthusiasts who march through Richmond shouting "Kill Yankees!" are doing little to inspire a new generation.
The movie ended with a climactic battle scene. But the all-black regiment went on to fight unjust payment policies -- and won.
Some portray them as devoted manservants who rescued the wounded and remained lifelong friends with their masters. The true picture is far less romantic.
Over time, our memory of national catastrophes becomes less personal and more nuanced.
A history teacher argues that statues of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee deserve to be left alone
From multiracial battle reenactments to seminars on John Brown, sesquicentennial events are revealing just how much our understanding of history has changed in the past 50 years
Eager to court black voters while retaining southern conservatives, Gingrich writes a notorious massacre out of his book