H.W. Brands' new book The Man Who Saved the Union is not the first book we've encountered about Ulysses S. Grant this year, but it's certainly the most voluminous. Brands, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, was in St. Louis yesterday to talk about the book at the Missouri History Muse ... More >>
Back in 2008, the Educated Guess released two fine, grandiose albums, Beautiful Strangers and West Skyline Drive, that paired big-sky Americana with well-orchestrated arrangements that called to mind the symphonic masterpieces of Roy Orbison and Born to Run-era Springsteen. After that initial burst, ... More >>
Robert E. Lee's 1863 portrait. Residents in several neighborhoods in Sedalia, Missouri, found fliers promoting the Ku Klux Klan on Monday morning, which happened to be the observed holiday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who was born January 15, 1929.But three states - ... More >>
Image via"Dixie" came out of blackface minstrel shows in the mid-19th Century.The song "Dixie" was born from the blackface minstrel shows of the mid-19th century. The lyrics take the perspective, and exaggerated dialect, of a free slave who aches to return to his days of plantation bondage. The f ... More >>
The Southern Nationalist Network would have the vandal know: Them fightin' words.The Civil War ended nearly 150 years ago but North-South animosity evidently remains in Cape Girardeau where a vandal this week defaced a monument to Confederate soldiers. As the Southeast Missourian reports, someone ... More >>
Laura Ann MillerDel Taco: Set to join Noah's Ark and the Parkmoor?We're all abuzz about the possible demolition of the Googie-style Del Taco on Grand, enough to merit Facebook pages and news stories about how outraged -- outraged! -- we are as a city.
Were we equally outraged when these othe ... More >>
Are you one of those history buffs eager to see the spot where Dred Scott was told that the Constitution afforded no civil rights to slaves like him? Are you dying to visit the Calvary Cemetery -- final resting place of William Tecumseh Sherman?We've got a website for you!Freedom's Gateway, a "co ... More >>
Today's comment comes in response to a video making the rounds on the Internet in which the former president of the St. Louis Police Officers Association suggests that the state representative sponsoring a bill for local control of the St. Louis police department is a closet black radical.
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Image viaFun fact: What we call "pokes" now were actually cannonballs during the Civil War. Remember Barack Obama's Facebook feed? What a humorous, useful and easy way to learn about what our 44th president accomplished in his first 100 days in office!With the Civil War sesquicentennial upon us, ... More >>
Image viaPOWs shot, execution style, here in the STL!An interactive exhibit soon to open at the National Archives in our nation's
capital will be spotlighting a rather dark event that occurred in St. Louis during the Civil War. (Check out this morning's story in The Washington Post)The year was ... More >>
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay used last week's critical audit of the St. Louis Police Department as one more reason why the law enforcement agency should be under local control. The St. Louis police department has operated under state control since the Civil War when out-state legislators feared that ... More >>