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“The Vegetables Really Get More Tender Care”: An Introduction to Death and Dying in the Civil War

By Zachary Wesley '20 The Victorian world was one of ceremony and order, even in death. Deathways--the practices of a society regarding death and dying--in 19th century America focused on elaborate rituals that earned the country the grisly distinction of ...
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Spreading the Flames: The United States, Cuba, and the Fear of Africanization

By Savannah Labbe '19 In the years leading up to the Civil War, the fight over slavery played out in many different arenas, notably in Kansas and Nebraska. While Bleeding Kansas was arguably the most well-known and violent clash over ...
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The Southerner’s Experience at Gettysburg College

By Abigail Major '19 One of the aspects that I personally treasure about Gettysburg College is its history. I have often wondered how the college, founded in 1832 under the original name Pennsylvania College, operated during, and was affected by, ...
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“Be Carefully Taught”: African Americans in Adams County in the 20th Century

By Jennifer Simone '18 Every year over a million visitors flood Adams County, Pennsylvania to tour the famous, or rather infamous, site of the Battle of Gettysburg. While most visitors primarily come to Gettysburg to learn about the battle, many ...
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“Give them liberty or give me death”: The Unionist Espionage of Elizabeth Van Lew: An Interview with Elizabeth Varon

By Ashley Whitehead Luskey Over the course of this year, we’ll be interviewing some of the speakers from the upcoming 2018 CWI conference  about their talks. Today we are speaking with Elizabeth Varon, Associate Director of the John L. Nau ...
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