American history

8:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Analyst: Reagan's Cold War Legacy Endures, While Gorbachev Loses Popularity

U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks with then General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev at the Reykjavík Summit in 1986.
Credit White House Photo Office

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich moderates a forum on U.S. foreign policy in the 1980s.

The 1980s were a pivotal decade for the world. As the decade opened, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and set up what proved to be one of the last showdowns of the Cold War.

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Politics & Government
1:24 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Essay: 50 Years After His Assassination, JFK's Legacy Survives

A wreath-laying ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery at U.S. President John F. Kennedy's grave marker. This rose was left by family members.
Credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Lake Effect essayist Art Cyr reflects on the anniversary of JFK's assassination.

Shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963, CBS commentator Eric Sevareid noted the principal legacy of the murdered leader might well be an ‘attitude,’ a contagious spirit that all things are possible if only we have the vision and will.

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12:38 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Seven Facts You Didn't Know About the Gettysburg Address

A depiction of President Abraham Lincoln delivering the "Gettysburg Address."
Credit Library of Congress

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Civil War contributor Thomas Martin Sobottke about the Gettysburg Address.

One-hundred fifty years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the "Gettysburg Address."

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10:33 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Essay: The Horror, Not Honor, of the Civil War

A Civil War re-enactment in Pennsylvania
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As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of noted Civil War battles, one form of commemoration – re-enactments – generally leave me with a feeling of discomfort.

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Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Historian: Northern Free Blacks 'Spearheaded' Lead Up to Civil War

As we mark the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, we've heard a lot about the battles, the heroes, the death tolls.

But what we don't hear often enough is about the people who had the biggest stake in the war's outcome: African-Americans - both slaves and free persons.

University of Wisconsin historian Steve Kantrowitz argues that we often overlook the role of Northern free blacks in the lead up to the civil war. 

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