The Battle Hymn of the Republic: The Story Behind the Anthem

John Brown

TweetShareShare “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord! He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.” The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was how the Union “slapped the face” of a Confederacy committed to slavery and secession. They just did so with a catchy tune.…

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Memorial Day: How Former Slaves Created a National Holiday

TweetShareShare American summers are built around three holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Memorial Day and Labor Day are the bookends. The July 4th celebration is the centerpiece. Most Americans view Memorial Day as the “kickoff” for summer…and it is. But there’s much more to this holiday than we think. Unfortunately, many contemporary…

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