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How to Dig Up a Dictator | The New Republic

Can exhuming Francisco Franco make a Spanish Civil War monument less fascist? Thirty miles northwest of Madrid lies one of Europe’s largest mass graves. Inside a massive underground basilica blasted into a mountain, the remains of over 34,000 people who “fell for God and Spain” rest in honor alongside the …

Quote of the Day

“Who said that the battle of ideas would be easy? Let’s keep dreaming.” ~TANJA NIJMEIJER, a top Colombian guerrilla, commenting via Twitter on voters’ rejection of a peace accord. Source: Quotation of the Day – The New York Times

Quote of the Day

“Even the obscene casualty figures fail to accurately reflect exactly how terribly civilians are suffering in Iraq.” ~ZEID RA’AD AL-HUSSEIN, the United Nations human rights chief, on a report assessing a 22-month period in which nearly 19,000 people were killed. Source: Quotation of the Day – The New York Times

History of the Civil War: Kurz and Allison prints sold in the 1880s.

During the 1880s, Chicago printmakers Louis Kurz and Alexander Allison published a series of 35 commemorative chromolithographs of Civil War battles. Twenty years after the end of the war, the collectible prints sold well; Americans eager for closure appreciated their heroic perspective on the conflict.  Comparing Kurz and Allison’s prints to other series of …

Happy Birthday Amercia

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so …