Fun Fact: Ben-Hur Was Originally About Jesus, Not Chariot Racing 

Thanks to the astronomically famous 1959 movie, Ben-Hur is known mostly for its sick-ass chariot race (and the gruesome-though-debunked urban legend that somebody's death appears on film). But here's a fun Easter fact: It was originally based on a hugely popular novel published in 1880, written by a Civil War general. »4/05/15 11:15am4/05/15 11:15am

​Washington Post Dismisses 500-Page Civil War Nonfiction Book As Girly

Last month, New York Times bestselling author Karen Abbott published a nonfiction book called Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, with its subject four fascinating women who became spies during the Civil War—Belle Boyd, teenage rebel and "Secesh Cleopatra"; Emma Edmonds, dressed as a soldier, her nom de guerre "Frank";… »10/14/14 3:30pm10/14/14 3:30pm

Here’s Your Primer on the (Civil War) History of Mother’s Day

Maybe this brief history of Mother’s Day (which owes itself to the Civil War) will inspire those giftless procrastinators among you to swing by your local grocery store and dig through the discount DVD bin until you (inevitably) find a two-disc combo pack of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals you can give to your mom. … »5/12/13 3:30pm5/12/13 3:30pm

The Piss and Grit of Mary Edwards Walker, First Female Surgeon in the Civil War

Most of us remember Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S. I named my first fish after her when I was in the fifth grade! No joke. Blackwell had to put aside her dreams of being a surgeon and stay with her regular practice after catching a baby patient's eye infection and going… »2/10/13 2:00pm2/10/13 2:00pm

Search For Civil War Artifacts Turns Up Soldier's Sad Valentine

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, several states have launched campaigns to have people bring their family artifacts to museums to be scanned. Archivists from the Library of Virginia have been traveling around the state, cataloging objects that tell stories about the people who are often… »12/28/11 4:10pm12/28/11 4:10pm

Women Withhold Sex To Achieve Peace In Award-Winning Film

Pray the Devil Back to Hell »11/07/08 5:20pm11/07/08 5:20pm is a new documentary about how the woman of Liberia came together to end their country's long and bloody civil war. In 2002, Christian and Muslim women formed an alliance to demand peace; armed only with matching white t-shirts, the activists staged silent protests and organized a summit…
Ever since the Liberian civil war ended in 2003, reports of how the country is rebuilding have focus

Ever since the Liberian civil war ended in 2003, reports of how the country is rebuilding have focused on reintegrating "warriors" into society and treating sexual abuse victims, but many women are both. A new documentary, Women of Liberia: Fighting for Peace, focuses on the 30,000 women who made up nearly 1/3 of the… »8/01/08 10:45am8/01/08 10:45am