Latest American Civil War News

Blackface scandal doesn't surprise people of color

Feb. 8, 2019 5:37 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — In the brightly lit Vintage Barbershop in northwest Detroit, Thomas Carter carefully trimmed the graying hair of a customer as he was asked about photos that depict whites wearing blackface. He paused and slowly scanned the shop where about a half-dozen black men of various ages awaited...

Blackface photo is a reminder of Virginia's racist history

Feb. 7, 2019 12:25 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The discovery last week of a racist photo on Gov. Ralph Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook page has served as a glaring reminder that Virginia — a former bastion of slavery and white supremacy— continues to struggle with mindsets shaped by its turbulent racial...

No relaxation for PBS with Democratic House takeover

Feb. 2, 2019 7:39 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. ____ NO RELAXING PBS chief executive Paula Kerger isn't taking her funding for granted just because Democrats are now in...

Trump is latest to give State of Union in time of turmoil

Feb. 2, 2019 6:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address at a time of turmoil. But others may have had it even worse. Abraham Lincoln delivered a written report during the Civil War, Richard Nixon spoke while embroiled in the Watergate scandal and Bill...

Gates hopes to enlighten Americans about Reconstruction

Feb. 2, 2019 5:54 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Historian Henry Louis Gates can trace the roots of his upcoming PBS documentary about the Reconstruction to his days in school, when he'd hear about the end of slavery during the Civil War, then virtually nothing about race relations until the civil rights movement in the middle of...

Today in History

Jan. 31, 2019 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2019. There are 334 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 31, 1971, astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon. On this date: In 1606, Englishman Guy Fawkes,...

Atlanta's Confederate Avenue fades into history

Jan. 21, 2019 2:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Residents in an Atlanta neighborhood are celebrating the renaming of Confederate Avenue. But the fate of Atlanta's many other Civil-War themed streets and markers remains undecided. The switch from Confederate Avenue to "United Avenue" is among the latest changes amid nationwide debate over...

Lawmaker: Confederate plaque removed from Texas Capitol

Jan. 13, 2019 7:42 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawmaker says a Confederate plaque in the Texas Capitol that rejects slavery as the underlying cause of the Civil War has been removed. State Rep. Eric Johnson on Sunday tweeted a photo of the blank wall where the plaque was once displayed. Johnson, a Dallas Democrat, has long pushed...

Texas set to remove Confederate plaque from state Capitol

Jan. 11, 2019 4:09 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott agreed Friday to remove a plaque in the state Capitol that rejects slavery as the underlying cause of the Civil War, bending after years of resistance by state Republican leaders in the face of Confederate monuments falling nationwide. A unanimous vote by the...

Texas set to remove Confederate plaque from state Capitol

Jan. 11, 2019 1:59 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott agreed Friday to remove a plaque in the state Capitol that rejects slavery as the underlying cause of the Civil War, bending after years of resistance by state Republican leaders in the face of Confederate monuments falling nationwide. A unanimous vote by the...