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The Civil War, Part 1: The Places - In Focus

The Civil War, Part 1: The Places - In Focus
Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, a milestone commemorated by The Atlantic in a special issue (now available online). Although photography was still in its infancy, war correspondents produced thousands of images, bringing the harsh realities of the frontlines to those on the home front in a new and visceral way. As brother fought brother and the nation's future grew uncertain, the public appetite for information was fed by these images from the trenches, rivers, farms, and cities that became fields of battle. Today's collection is part 1 of 3, covering the places of the Civil War: the battleships, prisons, hospitals, urban centers, and rural pastures where history was made. Tomorrow's installment features some of the people involved in the conflict, and on Friday I'll be sharing some of the amazing three-dimensional stereographs of the war. Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: A March, 1863 photo of the USS Essex. Related:  fgboumansfann

The Surveillance Catalog - The Wall Street Journal As the Internet has grown to handle more data, monitoring companies have had to keep up. Interception now can mean taking all the traffic from the Internet backbone and funneling it through devices that inspect the packets of data, determine what is inside them, and make decisions about whether to copy them for law enforcement. Gettysburg Address history: Why "four score and seven years ago"? Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. In this excerpt from The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation, by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell, out now from William Morrow, the cartoonists explore the speech’s first six words. Excerpted from The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation, by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell, out now from William Morrow. Correction, Nov. 19, 2013: A panel in this excerpt misstated that the Hartford Convention of 1814-15 occurred during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency. It occurred during James Madison’s presidency. The original panel remains.

The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) | Threat Level Photo: Name Withheld; Digital Manipulation: Jesse Lenz The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze. Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in the shadow of Utah’s Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west. It’s the heart of Mormon country, where religious pioneers first arrived more than 160 years ago. Today Bluffdale is home to one of the nation’s largest sects of polygamists, the Apostolic United Brethren, with upwards of 9,000 members. But new pioneers have quietly begun moving into the area, secretive outsiders who say little and keep to themselves. Rather than Bibles, prophets, and worshippers, this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards. The NSA has become the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever. Pages: 1 2345View All

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Why Arctic sea ice shouldn't leave anyone cold - Arctic Sea Ice The sea ice is leaving us a bit more every year. It's time to start contemplating its absence, which is why I teamed up with Kevin McKinney to write an extended version of the shorter piece you might see pop up here and there. Because you know, disappearing sea ice isn't without consequences. The first world in ancient Norse mythology, Niflheim, sounds just like the Arctic ice. …sea ice became a feature of the Arctic by 47 [million years before the present], following a pronounced decline [in carbon dioxide concentrations]… Ice was apparently most widespread during the last 2–3 million years, in accordance with Earth's overall cooler climate. Since modern humans are just 200,000 years old, the ice might as well be eternal. But not unchanging. Polyak et al. continues: Nevertheless, episodes of considerably reduced sea ice or even seasonally ice-free conditions occurred... But that has changed. And if it does? But what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic. Images used:

Newspapers in Virginia during ACW Newspaper Culture In Four Years in Rebel Capitals: An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death, one of the finest memoirs of the era, journalist T. C. DeLeon wrote that the South's best wartime newspapers—among which he included the Richmond Whig and Examiner—boasted the thinking of some of the sharpest minds in the region. DeLeon's words underscore the basic truth that Civil War America was a newspaper culture. Months before Virginia seceded in April 1861, most of the state's newspapers had already embraced disunion. , editor of the Richmond Daily Whig was the only editor in central Virginia to oppose secession during the Secession Crisis, and public pressure forced his resignation in March. Richmond Papers Founded in 1804 by , the Enquirer was the oldest newspaper in Virginia. The Whig had long been the only Whig paper in the capital, and it retained its partisan identity during the war. Any sectional organization is prima facie hostile. Further Reading

Can we expect the economy to keep growing? If we read the financial pages, economic growth seems to be viewed as the “normal” situation to which economies inevitably return. But is it really? If we look back over the past 50 years, or even over the past 100 years, economic growth has predominated. Over the longer term, we know that people have become more prosperous, and that world population has grown. Let’s think about this a little further. The question is really where we are now, relative to the hard limits that we know must exist. What is needed to produce goods and services? If we are going to have an economy, we will need goods and services. 1. 2. 4. Once we start moving to larger numbers of people, some type of financial system is needed. Has Economic Growth Always Been Possible? If we look back through history and pre-history, what we see is a long struggle against limits of various kinds. Many societies have collapsed, as documented by Jared Diamond and by Joseph Tainter. Forces that Have Enabled Economic Growth to Date

Contribution of black troops "Freedom to the slave should now be proclaimed from the Capitol, and should be seen above the smoke and fire of every battle field, waving from every loyal flag."—Frederick Douglass, 1861 By Shelley Sperry America's Civil War battlefields are sacred in large measure because on that soil a war to preserve the Union became a war to end human slavery. But through the course of the conflict, a new cause emerged, one that anticipated the next century's great struggle as African-American soldiers who fought on those bloody fields demanded not only freedom but equality. By July 1862, Lincoln announced to his Cabinet that he would soon be using his war powers to free slaves in the rebellious states. Once Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect in January 1863—formally allowing the Union Army to recruit African Americans—a wave of volunteers flooded the North. Excellent Sir. . . "We have done a Soldiers Duty. Now the main question is. In November 1863 Sgt.

Solve For X - George Washington Carver - R. Buckminster Fuller - Arthur C. - Marie Curie - Albert Einstein The Fertile Crescent Fertile, luscious land in the middle of the desert? That’s right. This song takes you back to the Fertile Crescent civilizations, those city-states located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Explore the important contributions that the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians made to our modern world: wheeled vehicles, arches and the written language of cuneiform. Intro A Sumerian: We’re chilling like it’s summer, in our Sumerian city-states, Inventing the arch, we put it on our city gates. Sargon: I roll through, invading them; I’m Sargon the Great, Empire builder for the Akkadians. Hammurabi: Sorry Sargon, your empire couldn’t last, I babble on these tracks, put Babylon on the maps. An Assyrian: We’re the Assyrians, assassins, Seriously dangerous when we're blasting, we took your men captive. What? Nebuchadnezzar: Nobody ruled better, I’m Nebuchadnezzar, Me and my Chaldeans are sharper than cheddar. A Phoenician: Phoenicians: Where we get our alphabet from. Problem #1 1.

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