Bread and the Newspaper

In the early months of the Civil War, Holmes captured the anxious mood on the home front

The Advantages of Defeat

"Our defeat at Bull Run was in no true sense a disaster; we not only deserved it, but needed it. It should give us new confidence in our cause, in our strength, in our final success." Soon after the start of the Civil War, Charles Eliot Norton urged the Union Army to toughen its resolve.


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Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


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