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  • Breaking Lincoln's Promise

    by Shannon Bontrager

    Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address demanded that Americans keep the memory of both the Union dead and their cause alive and "hot." The cooling of that memory has enabled backlashes against justice through history, and today. 



  • Returning From War, Returning to Racism

    Historians and scholars including Ira Katznelson, Jeffrey Sammons, Edward Humes, Richard Rothstein, David H. Onkst, and Charissa Threat describe the difficulties faced by Black veterans of World War II returning to a racist society. 



  • Veterans Go to Washington--So What?

    by Nan Levinson

    Speculation about the effects of electing veterans to national office is seldom historically informed. Although it's assumed military experience and leadership would shape a legislator's vote, today's partisanship is probably the biggest influence. 


  • “Patriotic” Veterans Only, Please

    by Gregory A. Daddis

    While perhaps an indication of our current toxic political environment, the attacks on “unpatriotic” veterans like U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman actually have a long and checkered history in post-World War II America.



  • Trump and world leaders remember D-Day

    Dozens of American veterans of D-Day were among other veterans and their families on a stage erected within the semicircular stone memorial at the Normandy American Cemetery.



  • The “Forever Wars” Enshrined

    by Andrew J. Bacevich

    The memorial to American soldiers who were sent into the wars in the Middle East and died is essentially hidden away in a small Midwestern town, which tells you what you need to know about the value Americans actually place on those wars.



  • Let There Be Light, 1946

    Documentary: Veterans' hospital showing ten week treatment program for men with psychological problems stemming from combat.