US History This week in history: September 19-25 This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-09-19T05:00:00Z The class essence of the Confederacy in the American Civil War In their attacks on the film, figures like Charles Blow of the <em>New York Times</em> are denigrating some of the noblest individuals in American history. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-30T05:00:00Z An interview with David Williams, author of <em>Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War</em> The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> recently interviewed Professor David Williams of Valdosta State University about class conflict during the American Civil War and its relationship to social and political developments after the war. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-16T05:00:00Z Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War A 2008 book by Professor David Williams provides a mountain of evidence refuting the claim that the recent film <em>Free State of Jones</em>, directed by Gary Ross, presented “a quasi-historical” approach to the American Civil War and social conflict in the Confederacy. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-26T05:00:00Z In Defense of the American Revolution The American Revolution, the most progressive event in world history in its time, continues to inspire the struggle for equality. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-14T05:00:00Z An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of <em>The Free State of Jones</em>—Part 2 This is the second part of a conversation with Victoria Bynum, whose research helped inspire the film <em>Free State of Jones</em>, about an insurrection by Southern Unionists against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-13T05:00:00Z An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of <em>The Free State of Jones</em>—Part 1 We are posting a conversation with Victoria Bynum, whose research helped inspire the film <em>Free State of Jones</em>, about an insurrection by Southern Unionists against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-12T05:00:00Z The Fort Bragg baseball game, American militarism and the Fourth of July Sunday’s baseball game at the Fort Bragg military base was intended to manipulate the celebration of the American Revolution in order to promote militarism and war. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-05T05:00:00Z Two hundred forty years since the Declaration of Independence The American Revolution provided the ideological and political impetus for the French Revolution and all subsequent democratic, egalitarian and socialist movements. Mon, 04 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-04T05:00:00Z The right-wing, racialist attacks on the film <em>Free State of Jones</em> <em>Free State of Jones</em>, about a white farmer in Mississippi who led an insurrection against the Confederacy from 1863 to 1865, has come under sharp attack from the “new right” of identity politics advocates. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-30T05:00:00Z Who will follow the example of Muhammad Ali’s principled stand in our day? The former heavyweight boxing champion, who died June 3, made his chief mark on history and popular consciousness by his courageous opposition to the Vietnam War. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-06T05:00:00Z The decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima today, but will make no apology for the US dropping of the atomic bomb on the city. The WSWS is republishing an essay that first appeared on the 60th anniversary of that horrible crime. Fri, 27 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-27T05:00:00Z The Communications Workers of America, corporatism and the Verizon strike To oppose the sabotage of their battle by the CWA and the IBEW, Verizon workers need to be armed with a clear understanding of the nature of these organizations. Tue, 03 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-03T05:00:00Z Fifty years since the Delano to Sacramento march: The myth of Cesar Chavez and the collapse of the United Farm Workers The union founded by Chavez has become nothing more than a business operated by family members Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-12T05:00:00Z Fifty years since the Delano to Sacramento march: The myth of Cesar Chavez and the collapse of the United Farm Workers The union founded by Chavez has become nothing more than a business operated by family members. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-11T05:00:00Z <em>The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The US Standard of Living Since the Civil War</em> According to a recent book by Northwestern University economist Robert Gordon, there is no objective foundation for an end to economic stagnation in the United States. Tue, 23 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-23T05:00:00Z Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW Walter Reuther’s biography has much to teach workers about the transformation of the trade unions into reactionary adjuncts of the corporations and the government. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Woodrow Wilson and Black Lives Matter The demonstrations on racism in the US are of a typically middle class character and represent a very familiar and toxic element of bourgeois politics: the fight amongst different factions within the wealthiest ten percent. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-04T05:00:00Z <em>The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution</em>: No lessons learned Riveting video footage along with complacent commentary adds up to a misleading account. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-09T05:00:00Z Republican candidates attack the Fourteenth Amendment The demand for repeal of birthright citizenship, initiated by billionaire Donald Trump, marks a further shift to the right by the US ruling elite. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-24T05:00:00Z Julian Bond, veteran of early civil rights struggle and pillar of establishment, dies at 75 The outpouring of official tributes illustrates the political trajectory of the leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-19T05:00:00Z <em>The Devil is Here in These Hills: West Virginia’s Coal Miners and their Battle for Freedom</em>, by James Green The book’s most important—and timely—contribution is its revelation of the startling level of violence that characterized class relations in an earlier period. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-18T05:00:00Z <em>The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America</em> <em>The Mighty Wurlitzer</em> is an examination of the CIA’s 1947-67 campaigns against anti-capitalist and socialist thought. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-17T05:00:00Z Democratic Party moves to drop “Jefferson-Jackson” name from fundraisers The move to disassociate the Democratic Party from the two figures it has long claimed as its founders, allegedly because they were slave-owners, marks a new milestone in the party’s embrace of identity politics. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-13T05:00:00Z <em>The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America</em> The <em>Mighty Wurlitzer</em> is an examination of the CIA’s 1947-67 campaigns against anti-capitalist and socialist thought. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-12T05:00:00Z Protesters denounce military legislation as Japan marks anniversary of nuclear bombings A Nagasaki survivor recounted the horrors of the blast and denounced Prime Minister Abe’s moves to amend Japan’s post-World War II constitution. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-11T05:00:00Z <em>The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America</em> <em>The Mighty Wurlitzer</em> is an examination of the CIA’s 1947-67 campaigns against militant, anti-capitalist and particularly socialist thought. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-11T05:00:00Z The 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima Washington’s use of the atomic weapons was aimed at terrorising not just the Japanese regime, but above all the Soviet Union, and ensuring post-war American global dominance. Thu, 06 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-06T05:00:00Z Release of grand jury transcript points again to frameup of the Rosenbergs The new revelations undermine the post-Soviet effort to reaffirm the supposed guilt of the Rosenbergs. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-18T05:00:00Z Trotskyism and the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934 A recent book by historian Bryan Palmer chronicles the role of American Trotskyists in leading one of the most important strikes in US history. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-24T05:00:00Z Twenty years since the Oklahoma City bombing April 19 marked the twentieth anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, the bloodiest act of terrorism on US soil up to that point. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-20T05:00:00Z 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln In office, Lincoln guided the Civil War and transformed it from a struggle for the preservation of the Union into a revolutionary war for the abolition of slavery. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-14T05:00:00Z Fifty years since the death of Viola Liuzzo The fight against Jim Crow segregation drew in white workers and youth as well as African-Americans from the North and the South. Liuzzo’s determination to participate in the civil rights struggle reflected great changes taking place in the US in the 1960s. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-10T05:00:00Z The Coming of the American Revolution The Stamp Act set into motion a series of events that led, in one decade, to the American Revolution. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-24T05:00:00Z <em>Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation</em> An exhibition of letters and speeches makes the US Civil War and the role of Abraham Lincoln come alive. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-13T05:00:00Z Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part two This is the second part of a two-part interview with Gordon Wood, a leading historian of the American Revolution. Part one was posted March 3. Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-04T05:00:00Z Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part one Gordon Wood, a leading historian of the American Revolution, recently spoke with the <em>World Socialist Web Site</em>. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-03T05:00:00Z A warning to US oil workers: The United Steelworkers’ record of betrayal Over the past three decades, the USW has overseen the betrayal of scores of strikes and the decimation of workers’ jobs, health care and pensions. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z Nearly 4,000 blacks were lynched in Jim Crow South, report finds A new study compiles extra-judicial murders of African Americans that took place between 1870 and 1940. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Thirty-five years since the nationwide US refinery strike Thirty-five years ago, US oil refinery workers carried out a nationwide strike, breaking through wage guidelines set by the Carter administration. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Albuquerque moves to escalate evictions of homeless campers Removal of the homeless has begun at a “tent city” near downtown, while new encampments have sprung up in other parts of the city. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z Mario Cuomo and the decay of American liberalism The former Democratic governor of New York established a record while in office that had nothing in common with his high-flown speeches about compassion and reform. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z How the British workers’ movement helped end slavery in America: Part one This is the first part of a two-part article on the role of the British working class in the victory of the Northern Union forces in the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery in the United States. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z Judge reverses guilty verdict in 1944 execution of 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr., who was African American, was arrested, tried, convicted, and electrocuted for the murder of two white girls in the small mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z 150 years since Sherman’s March to the Sea In November and December, 1864, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman led a Union army deep through Confederate territory, resulting in the capture of Savannah and the liberation of thousands of slaves. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z New book sheds further light on US government protection of ex-Nazis US imperialism recruited thousands of Nazis after World War II, as detailed in a new book by New York Times journalist Eric Lichtblau. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-29T05:00:00Z The day the US shot down Iran Airlines Flight 655 Who shot down the Malaysian jetliner over eastern Ukraine? Anyone who thinks that the US government is incapable of carrying out or sanctioning such a horrendous action against innocent civilians should consider the infamous case of the downing of Iran Air Flight 655. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-19T05:00:00Z Fifty years since the Civil Rights Act The Civil Rights Act came in response to the mass protests known as the Civil Rights movement that swept the American South beginning in the 1950s. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-02T05:00:00Z Fifty years since the murder of the Mississippi civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner sacrificed their lives in the struggle for democratic rights and social equality. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-23T05:00:00Z The Civil War in 1864 The American Civil War entered its decisive phase 150 years ago, in the summer and fall of 1864. Fri, 23 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-23T05:00:00Z 100 years since Ford’s five dollar day Ford’s profit-sharing scheme was billed as the key to social harmony. Yet socialism and the Russian Revolution, coming just four years later, breathed a new spirit into the American class struggle. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-05T05:00:00Z 100 years since founding of the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office In 2014, the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office marks a century since its founding, amid unprecedented attacks on the right to counsel. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-20T05:00:00Z PBS’s <em>Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913</em> commemorates Michigan’s bitter labor past A new PBS documentary looks at a miners’ strike a century ago in northern Michigan in which 73 workers and their children were victims of a company provocation. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT 2014-01-08T06:00:00Z Fifty years since Johnson’s declaration of the “War on Poverty” President Lyndon Johnson's “War on Poverty,” declared 50 years ago Wednesday, proved to be liberal reformism's last gasp. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-01-08T05:00:00Z A half-century since the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy It may be the case that the American people will never know who killed Kennedy. But the deeper causes of his death can be explained. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-11-22T05:00:00Z 150 years since Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address President Obama has spurned invitations to the gathering commemorating America’s most famous political speech. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-11-19T05:00:00Z Diego Rivera’s “Battle of Detroit” The production of Rivera’s murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, begun just months after the massacre of protesting workers near Ford’s River Rouge industrial complex, was a major political event. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-03T05:00:00Z Fifty years since the March on Washington The 50-year commemoration of the March on Washington is a mockery of the struggles and sacrifices embodied in the mass civil rights movement. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-08-24T05:00:00Z Falsifying the American Civil War: Doris Kearns Goodwin at Gettysburg Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin attempted to strip the American Civil War of its revolutionary significance in her keynote speech at celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-08T05:00:00Z Obama glorifies militarism on the Fourth of July Obama gave his brief address in the midst of a campaign of persecution against a genuine defender of freedom and democracy, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-06T05:00:00Z Video: Gettysburg park workers, guests speak on the Civil War and the state of American democracy In this video, workers, guests and volunteers at the Gettysburg National Military Park speak about the lasting significance of the Civil War and the ongoing attacks on American democracy. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-06T05:00:00Z Historian Allen Guelzo speaks on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg In an interview with the WSWS, Civil War historian Allen Guelzo explains the world historical significance of the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s subsequent Gettysburg Address. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-04T05:00:00Z Third day of Gettysburg anniversary: Discussions on Snowden and the decay of democracy Workers and young people visiting the Gettysburg battlefields contrasted the powerful democratic ideals of Lincoln and the Union forces with government spying, war and inequality in contemporary America. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-04T05:00:00Z Day two of the Gettysburg Anniversary: Visitors speak on the Civil War and contemporary matters Conversations about the historical significance of the war and of the Battle of Gettysburg abound, and discussions quickly turn to broader topics. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-03T05:00:00Z Workers, young people discuss the enduring relevance of the Battle of Gettysburg In conversations about the Civil War, several people who spoke to the WSWS contrasted the ideals fought for by Lincoln with the inequality and destruction of democratic rights in contemporary America. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-02T05:00:00Z The contemporary significance of the Declaration of Independence and the Battle of Gettysburg The American Revolution and the Civil War were two of the great events in world history, advancing democratic principles that are everywhere under assault today. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-01T05:00:00Z 150 years since the Battle of Gettysburg On July 1, 2 and 3, 1863, the bloodiest battle in the history of North America took place at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in the midst of the Civil War. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-01T05:00:00Z One hundred fifty years since West Virginia statehood West Virginia gained statehood 150 years ago in the revolutionary struggle to eradicate slavery in the United States during the Civil War. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-06-19T05:00:00Z Fifty years since the execution of the Rosenbergs The WSWS is reposting today an article from June 2003 on the half-century anniversary of the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg on espionage charges, carried out at the height of the anticommunist witch-hunt in the US. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-06-15T05:00:00Z The WSWS speaks to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s son Robert Meeropol is the younger son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the couple executed by the US government in June 1953 on trumped-up charges of atomic espionage. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-06-15T05:00:00Z America’s revolutionary founding document A book that seriously considers the impact the Declaration of Independence is most welcome reading in 2013, a year which has seen an intensifying assault on the most basic principles of America’s founding document. Sat, 04 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-05-04T05:00:00Z Understanding Lincoln: An interview with historian Allen Guelzo Leading Abraham Lincoln scholar Allen Guelzo recently spoke with Tom Mackaman of the <em>World Socialist Web Site</em>. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-04-03T05:00:00Z The British working class and the American Civil War: 150 years since London’s St. James’ Hall meeting March 26 marks the 150th anniversary of the “monster” antislavery, pro-Union meeting of British workers at St. James’ Hall in London. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-03-26T05:00:00Z American Federation of Teachers’ journal slanders historian Howard Zinn A review article on <em>A People’s History of the US</em> in the current issue of <em>American Educator</em> lays bare the union leadership’s slavish support for American capitalism. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-18T05:00:00Z PBS’s <em>The Abolitionists</em>: Remembering the political struggle against slavery The Public Broadcasting System’s <em>The Abolitionists</em> is a reminder that the fight against slavery in the US was a hard-fought political struggle. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-01-31T05:00:00Z Forty years after Roe v. Wade: Abortion rights under sustained attack Four decades later, women’s reproductive rights are under severe attack, particularly regarding the affordability and accessibility of services for working class women. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-01-28T05:00:00Z 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation We repost here a perspective initially posted on September 22 celebrating the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s order that legally freed 4 million slaves and altered the course of the American Civil War. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-01-03T05:00:00Z Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and the historical drama of the Civil War Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is a powerful cinematic treatment of the Lincoln administration’s struggle to pass a Constitutional amendment abolishing slavery in 1865, the final year of the American Civil War. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-11-12T05:00:00Z An exchange of letters on the Emancipation Proclamation The WSWS posts a letter from a reader on “150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation” and a reply by the author, Tom Mackaman. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-09-29T05:00:00Z 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation On September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln made public the Emancipation Proclamation, which transformed the Civil War into a social revolution. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-09-22T05:00:00Z 150 years since the Battle of Antietam The Battle of Antietam, fought 150 years ago in the second year of the American Civil War, set the stage for Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-09-17T05:00:00Z Thirty years since the murder of Vincent Chin Thirty years ago this week, on June 19, 1982, Vincent Chin, an Asian-American draftsman, was beaten to death by a Chrysler foreman and his son in a racially motivated killing. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-06-23T05:00:00Z Remembering the Ludlow Massacre The World Socialist Web Site publishes the concluding installment in a series on the Colorado miners’ strike of 1913-1914. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-06-01T05:00:00Z Remembering the Ludlow Massacre The World Socialist Web Site publishes the third installment in a four-part series on the Colorado miners’ strike of 1913-1914. Thu, 31 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-05-31T05:00:00Z Remembering the Ludlow Massacre The World Socialist Web Site publishes the second installment in a four-part series on the Colorado miners’ strike of 1913-1914. Wed, 30 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-05-30T05:00:00Z Seventy-five years since the Memorial Day Massacre Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Memorial Day Massacre, when Chicago police opened fire on unarmed striking steelworkers, killing 10 and wounding 30. Tue, 29 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-05-29T05:00:00Z Remembering the Ludlow Massacre The World Socialist Web Site publishes the first installment in a five-part series on the Colorado miners’ strike of 1913-1914, which culminated in the Ludlow Massacre and the Ten Days war. Tue, 29 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-05-29T05:00:00Z Chicago’s Hull House closes after 120 years of service The Jane Addams Hull House Association, one of the largest non-profit social service organizations in Chicago, abruptly shut down on Friday, January 27, after 120 years. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT 2012-02-08T05:00:00Z Forty years since the Attica uprising This month marks the 40th anniversary of the 1971 uprising by prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York and its bloody suppression by state police called in by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-09-26T05:00:00Z Thirty years since the PATCO strike This is the first installment of a series of articles marking the 30th anniversary of the PATCO air traffic controllers’ strike in the US. Wed, 03 Aug 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-08-03T05:00:00Z The Conspirator: Film on Lincoln assassination trial misses the mark The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford, examines the trial by military commission of Mary Surratt. Mon, 02 May 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-05-02T05:00:00Z One hundred and fifty years since the US Civil War This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederate attack on federal soldiers at Fort Sumter, in South Carolina, which began the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy—an epochal event in American and world history. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-04-13T05:00:00Z HBO’s Triangle: Remember the Fire The excellent production values of Triangle: Remember the Fire leave an indelible visual memory of one of the greatest tragedies in American workplace. Sadly, the documentary’s limited perspective dishonors the legacy of the tragedy. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT 2011-03-25T05:00:00Z 150 years ago: The election of Abraham Lincoln touches off secession crisis On December 20, 1860, six weeks after voters of the United States elected Abraham Lincoln as the 16th president, South Carolina seceded from the union. Other Southern states soon followed, leading within little over five months to the outbreak of the American Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in US history, and ultimately to the freeing of 4 million slaves. Fri, 24 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-12-24T05:00:00Z Leon Trotsky’s Analysis of the Emerging Global Role of US Capitalism The WSWS organized a panel on “The Cultural, Economic and Geo-strategic Thought of Leon Trotsky: A Retrospective Analysis 70 years after His Assassination,” at the 42nd annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies), held November 18-21 in Los Angeles. About 1,400 historians, political scientists, economists, and literary scholars presented papers on a wide array of topics. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-11-24T05:00:00Z The Story of Us on History channel—an attempt to revive the myths of American capitalism History (the cable television channel) recently presented a 12-hour series entitled “America: The Story of Us.” The ambitious project spanned the history of the United States from the first European settlements of North America until the present day. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-06-28T05:00:00Z