From 1861 to 1865, the United States fought a war over the right of secession, as eleven states wanted to separate from the Union. The causes for the war, and the reasons for its outcome, remain topic for debate over a hundred years later. And Americans continue to celebrate a holiday that was originally designed to honor the approximately 620,000 soldiers who died during the action: Memorial Day, which was founded in 1868. In honor of Memorial Day, we at Questia are offering five free resources for top research topics on Civil War facts. You can also find even more resources on Civil War topics, including specific battles like the Battle of Gettysburg or topics like African-American Soldiers in the Civil War, in our Civil War library. Read more
To honor Frederick Douglass, President Obama recently signed into law a bill allowing the District of Columbia its first statue in the United States Capitol’s Emancipation Hall. The hall itself was named in 2007 in honor of the slaves who helped build the Capitol.
The fight to end slavery in America could not have found a more eloquent and vocal ally than Frederick Douglass, orator, statesman and abolitionist. In 1852, the leading citizens of Rochester, New York, where Douglass lived and published the abolitionist paper, The North Star, asked him to give a speech as part of their 4th of July celebrations. Douglass delivered a scathing attack on the institution of American slavery. Read more
The nation will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, 2012 as the official kick-off for summer. Lest we forget, however, the holiday was created in remembrance of those who died in military service to our country. The original holiday, known as Decoration Day, was declared by General John A. Logan, national commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, on May 5, 1868 to honor those who died during the Civil War. The first Memorial Day tradition was celebrated with the placing of flowers on the graves of the war dead in Arlington National Cemetery. Read more