Civil War

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NSA of USA vs. CSA

This is a story not unlike the NSA today, but dates back to the Civil War. Scottish born Alan Pinkerton's name is synonymous with private policing. He founded the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in 1850 and the company is still in operation as Securitas AB.

Editorial Cartoonist Thomas Nast: Anti-Irish, Anti-Catholic Bigot?

Biased. Disrespectful. Offensive. All sterling job qualifications for any good editorial cartoonist. But “racist”? Woah! Thomas Nast was the granddaddy of the American political cartoon. And having lived in New Jersey, he’s been nominated for induction into the state’s 2012 Hall of Fame. But last month, legislators of both political parties fought to take...

Four Score and Seventy Years Ago

150 years ago, on April 12, 1861, Confederate artillery opened fire on Fort Sumter, a Federal fort in Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC. The garrison surrendered 34 hours later, marking the first Union defeat in what would become a bloody four year Civil War. Back in 1961 Bradbury Thompson (1911–1995), designer of the storied paper...