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On this Civil War anniversary, one family’s journey toward America’s future

Descended from both slaves and slaveholders, Jami Floyd reflects on her family’s history in the 150 years since the Civil War began and asks: Why is it still so hard to talk about race?


Historical vertebrae, a sideshow mummy and the lingering mystery of John Wilkes Booth

Since Abraham Lincoln’s assassination 146 years ago, questions have persisted about John Wilkes Booth’s fate. Historians scoff, but Booth’s descendants want to know more.


Photo: Waiting for the war

On the 150th anniversary of the first shots of the Civil War, re-enactors in South Carolina prepare for battle.


Can you celebrate secession without celebrating slavery?

The core tension surrounding the upcoming celebrations of the American Civil War’s 150-year anniversary. Plus: Share your thoughts.

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