Tag archive for history

failed heroes

Barczewski noted a curious trend: British explorers and military leaders who failed to achieve their goals, sometimes in costly and dramatic fashion, were often celebrated and honored.

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a fresh look at the H.L. Hunley

For the first time in 151 years the old sub is showing itself in all of its raw, ironclad beauty.

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Sweet hope for Sapelo Island

Long ago on a magical island, a three-year-old girl died.

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A railway to reason?

Could a railroad built from the sea straight to the heart of a young America possibly have saved the country from the catastrophe of civil war?

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Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Fugitive

She sheltered a runaway slave. Did he help inspire a novel that shook the world?

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the colors of indigo

Andrea Feeser's new book, Red, White, and Black Make Blue: Indigo in the Fabric of Colonial South Carolina Life, tells a new kind of indigo story, in multiple hues.

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Selling soap and saving souls

How white filmmakers misread black audiences in the early days of film.

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This time, the foe is corrosion

The idea is to preserve the forts’ cultural heritage— including the cannons, artillery platforms, doors, railings, steps, and many small arti­facts now in the park’s museum collection.

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sacred places, shattered spaces

Fist-sized chunks of lime­stone and cracked brick. Crumbled masonry and leveled columns. Shattered buttresses and pots, toys, and tools.

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Ridding metal of salt

Museums throughout the world groan beneath the weight of iron artifacts recovered from the sea.

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