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The Flag, Captured

Arnaldo Testi.  Capture the Flag: The Stars and Stripes in American History.  Translated by Noor Giovanni Mazhar.  New York and London: New York University Press, 2010.  165 pages, $22.95, cloth. There’s no shortage of iconic images featuring the United States flag — Washington Crossing the Delaware, The Spirit of ’76, Iwo Jima, and the moon […]

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Whose Lost Cause?

Mark A. Lause.  Race and Radicalism in the Union Army.  Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009. In the decades following the U.S. Civil War there was a rash of monument building.  Plaques were sunk into ground still littered with shards of weaponry and human beings; statues appeared on the landscape like mute and […]

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The Old Man at Harpers Ferry

Truman Nelson.  The Old Man: John Brown at Harper’s Ferry.  Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2009. One hundred and fifty years ago, the state of Virginia executed John Brown for treason, murder in the first degree, and conspiracy to incite a slave rebellion.  The execution did not proceed quickly: for nearly ten minutes federal troops paraded and […]

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