After many thousands of Northerners died in a war aimed in part at freeing the slaves, white America lacked the will to follow through.
In 1861-65, Americans waged a war among themselves that remains the bloodiest in U.S. history. It began as a fight to preserve the Union but morphed into an abolitionist war to free 4 million men, women and children from bondage.
The roots of racism run deep in America. Trump's presidency has emboldened right-wingers and white supremacists to fight to preserve their legacy.
The icon of the Confederacy and architect of its defeat cost humanity uncounted lives—right up to now.
Last week, as Charleston mourned its dead and Confederate flags came down, I spoke to Ed Sebesta about his life's work, researching and challenging the neo-Confederates.
A new study points up the links between poverty and school performance, as experts say punitive test score-based assessment programs miss the most crucial factor in student success: readiness to learn.
The United Auto Workers union has mounted significant efforts to do what seems the impossible: Organize two foreign-owned auto plants in the Deep South, the cradle of the nation's right-to-work movement. Their success could mean a rebirth for a major player in organized labor.
The award-winning historian draws comparisons between tea party Republicans and pre-Civil War secessionists -- and criticizes the failure of Republicans to confront the extremism in their midst.
Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York have discovered links between geographic areas of the South where slavery and the plantation economy dominated, and modern attitudes toward African-Americans and political conservatism. And it’s somewhat hereditary, with new generations reflecting the racial and social attitudes of their parents, according to the new study.