History

4:59pm

Wed July 3, 2013
Around the Nation

Gettysburg Swells As Throngs Mark Civil War's Turning Point

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 3:15 pm

Men dressed as members of the Union infantry demonstrate battalion formations for tourists.
Chris Connelly NPR

About three dozen men dressed in Confederate Army uniforms woke Wednesday morning on historical campgrounds at the iconic Gettysburg battlefield. Soggy from the night's rain, they warmed themselves by the fire and cooked up bacon and potatoes.

The re-enactors joined hundreds of others camping out to show visitors what life may have been like for Civil War soldiers. It's part of a huge display the National Parks Service is putting on to mark the Battle of Gettysburg's 150th anniversary.

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10:47am

Wed July 3, 2013
The Salt

Civil War Soldiers Needed Bravery To Face The Foe, And The Food

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 11:11 am

How did the food taste? These faces say it all. Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Meade in Virginia, August-November 1863.
Timothy H. O'Sullivan Library of Congress

War is hell, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman is famously said to have uttered.* And the food, he might as well have added, was pretty lousy, too.

As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg — a turning point in the Civil War — it's worth remembering that the men who fought on that Pennsylvania field did so while surviving on food that would make most of us surrender in dismay.

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2:02pm

Sun June 30, 2013
The Two-Way

LOOKING BACK: RFK's 'Ripple Of Hope' Speech In South Africa

A Meeting Of Great Minds: During his 1966 visit to South Africa, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy met with anti-apartheid activist Chief Luthuli and later spoke publicly about their meeting. Because of a government ban on media coverage of Luthuli, it was the first news many had of their leader in more than five years.
Shoreline Productions

At South Africa's University of Cape Town on Sunday, President Obama noted that he was speaking at the same place where, in 1966, then-Sen. Robert Kennedy, D-N.Y., delivered what some historians believe was the best speech of his life.

Obama was discussing about how, as a young man, he had come to believe that "I could be part of something bigger than myself; that my own salvation was bound up with those of others."

Then the president brought up the late senator:

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2:56pm

Fri June 28, 2013
The Summer of '63

Bittersweet At No. 1: How A Japanese Song Topped The Charts In 1963

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

Underlying the sweetness of Kyu Sakamoto's unexpected hit song "Sukiyaki" was a story of sadness and loss.
Courtesy of the artist

5:00am

Wed June 26, 2013
Arts & Life

Banjo Billy’s Funky, Rambling Ride Through Boulder

Vince Darcangelo

Normally a place tourists associate with hiking and the outdoors, Boulder comes alive thanks to one popular tour guide who digs into the town’s past.

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