Today in History for September 17th

Highlights of this day in history: The Battle of Antietam sets a bloody record during America’s Civil War; Work ends on U.S. Constitution; Israel and Egypt’s leaders sign Camp David Accords; Singer Hank Williams born; ‘MASH’ premieres. (Sept. 17)

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Today in History for September 2nd

Highlights of this day in history: Japan signs surrender, officially ending World War II; Union forces occupy Atlanta during the Civil War; A great fire ravages medieval London; Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh dies; Wreckage of the Titanic found. (Sept. 2)

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Today in History for July 21st

Highlights of this day in history: First major battle in America’s Civil War fought at Bull Run in Virginia; Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’ concludes; Peace deal ends Indochina War; Author Ernest Hemingway and actor-comedian Robin Williams born. (July 21)

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Today in History for July 13th

Highlights of this day in history: Live Aid concerts held in London and Philadelphia; A French revolutionary is stabbed in his bath; Civil War draft riots erupt in New York; A power blackout hits the Big Apple; Actor Harrison Ford born. (July 13)

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For Angola’s Civil War veterans, struggle continues long after war | AFP

In Angola, veterans of the country’s 27-year long civil war – many of them disabled and homeless – feel let down by the very government they risked their lives to defend. Some of these veterans still live in the dilapidated buildings of the central Angolan town of Kuito, the site of some of the fiercest fighting. of Angolan civil war veterans in the town of Kuito, ruined by the fighting

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Today in History for April 27th

Highlights of this day in history: President and Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant born; Explorer Ferdinand Magellan killed; U.S. Marines attack North Africa during the First Barbary War; Ailing baseball star Babe Ruth honored. (April 27)

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Today in History for March 6th

Highlights of this day in history: The Alamo falls; The Dred Scott decision brings America closer to Civil War; Renaissance artist Michelangelo born; Walter Cronkite leaves ‘The CBS Evening News’; Ed McMahon and Rob Reiner born. (March 6)

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Did FBI find Civil War gold in Pennsylvania?

(9 Oct 2018) A father-son pair of treasure hunters are challenging the FBI’s position that nothing was found during an excavation aimed at uncovering a fabled cache of Civil War-era gold earlier this year. (Oct. 9)

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Today in History for September 17th

(17 Sep 2018) Highlights of this day in history: The Battle of Antietam sets a bloody record during America’s Civil War; Work ends on U.S. Constitution; Israel and Egypt’s leaders sign Camp David Accords; Singer Hank Williams born; ‘MASH’ premieres. (Sept. 17)

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Today in History for September 2nd

(1 Sep 2018) Highlights of this day in history: Japan signs surrender, officially ending World War II; Union forces occupy Atlanta during the Civil War; A great fire ravages medieval London; Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh dies; Wreckage of the Titanic found. (Sept. 2)

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Today in History for July 21st

(21 Jul 2018) Highlights of this day in history: First major battle in America’s Civil War fought at Bull Run in Virginia; Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’ concludes; Peace deal ends Indochina War; Author Ernest Hemingway and actor-comedian Robin Williams born. (July 21)

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Today in History for July 13th

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Highlights of this day in history: Live Aid concerts held in London and Philadelphia; A French revolutionary is stabbed in his bath; Civil War draft riots erupt in New York; A power blackout hits the Big Apple; Actor Harrison Ford born. (July 13)

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Is second Civil War possible in US? 31% of Americans think so, poll indicates

Deep divisions along party lines and fears over immigration have raised concerns for the ultimate fate of the US. Almost a third of Americans polled said they thought a second civil war was possible.
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Today in History for April 27th

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Highlights of this day in history: President and Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant born; Explorer Ferdinand Magellan killed; U.S. Marines attack North Africa during the First Barbary War; Ailing baseball star Babe Ruth honored. (April 27)

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Today in History for March 6th

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Highlights of this day in history: The Alamo falls; The Dred Scott decision brings America closer to Civil War; Renaissance artist Michelangelo born; Walter Cronkite leaves ‘The CBS Evening News’; Ed McMahon and Rob Reiner born. (March 6)

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Reiner is fighting ‘the last battle of the Civil War’

Director and actor Rob Reiner, who received the Stanley Kramer Award for social justice at the African-American Film Critics Association Awards, condemned the current U.S. administration in his acceptance speech. (Feb. 8)

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A Civil War-era Law Could Help Change Mississippi’s Segregated School System (HBO)

Mississippi’s education system is deeply divided by race: the state’s best schools are majority white, while all 19 of the F-graded public school districts are over 80% black. Any day now, a federal judge could move forward on a lawsuit arguing that the racial and resource discrepancies across those districts is illegal. The suit, brought against state officials by the Southern Poverty Law Center, takes the surprising strategy of using a 147-year-old federal law. The idea is that this level of segregation is no recent coincidence. It’s a product of entrenched, historical racism.

When Mississippi rejoined the Union after the Civil War, the federal government required the state agree to a new constitution in the Readmission Act of 1890. It included an educational clause explicitly providing for a “uniform system of public schools” for all Mississippi citizens. Over decades, Mississippi lawmakers have whittled down the education provision, ​and the SPLC argues, l​​oosened their obligations to students ​which resulted in decades-long neglect of poor, predominantly black schools.

VICE News’ Antonia Hylton spent a day with students who are fighting to get the best possible education in one of the state’s lowest-rated schools.

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‘Racist, insensitive’: ‘Gone with the Wind’ film pulled from Tennessee theater

After targeting Confederate monuments, the split in U.S. society is now moving to the world of the big screen. A cinema in Memphis has stopped screening the 1939 classic ‘Gone With The Wind’. The iconic film about love and the Civil War was accused of being racist and insensitive… by America’s left-wing. Writer and comedian Jeffrey Mark Klein says the left is meddling with the past.

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Protesters topple memorial statue honoring Confederate soldiers

Protesters in Durham, North Carolina, have toppled a Civil War memorial statue honoring Confederate soldiers. They chanted: ‘No cops, no KKK, no fascist USA’ and ‘We are the revolution’, before tying up and destroying the 93-year-old monument.

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George Saunders Explores The Mind Of Abraham Lincoln In His Long-Awaited First Novel (HBO)

George Saunders, one of America’s most beloved short story writers, recently published his first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo.” While previous works of Saunders have been met with sweeping acclaim, his novel may prove to be more divisive, though early buzz is very positive.

The novel tells the story of Abraham Lincoln and the death of his 11-year-old son, William Wallace Lincoln, called “Willie,” at the start of the Civil War. The plot is narrated by a chorus of ghosts observing Lincoln as he visits his son’s grave.

Saunders’ novel has 166 narrators, intended to represent the numerous cross-sections of lives during Civil War-era America. When the audiobook is released, it’s expected to break a Guinness Book World Record due to the unprecedented enormity of the cast.

“I really like the idea that you can have a book about America,” Saunders said, “and have that delivered by people from every walk of life and every job.”

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Conceding with Dignity: VICE News Tonight on HBO (Full Segment)

After every U.S. presidential election since the Civil War, the transition of power from one administration to the next has been peaceful. The losing candidate, while disappointed, exhausted, even embittered, has demonstrated dignity in defeat and conceded to the president-elect.

While there’s no legal requirement that the loser concede defeat, it’s tradition for the defeated candidate to unofficially legitimize the results through a concession speech.

The speech, a literary genre unto itself, serves three purposes: to give the defeated candidate one last chance to offer a vision for the country, to secure a place in history, and to begin the process of uniting an electorate divided by the electoral process.

VICE talked to speech writers tasked with writing concession speeches for previous elections.

This segment originally aired Nov. 8, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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Waterfront Mansions Taking Over (Extra Scene from ‘Gullah Geechee Nation’)

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On the Sea Islands along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, a painful chapter of American history is playing out again. These islands are home to the Gullah or Geechee people, the descendants of enslaved Africans who were brought to work at the plantations that once ran down the southern Atlantic coast. After the Civil War, many former slaves on the Sea Islands bought portions of the land where their descendants have lived and farmed for generations. That property, much of it undeveloped waterfront land, is now some of the most expensive real estate in the country.

But the Gullah are now discovering that land ownership on the Sea Islands isn’t quite what it seemed. Local landowners are struggling to hold on to their ancestral land as resort developers with deep pockets exploit obscure legal loopholes to force the property into court-mandated auctions. These tactics have successfully fueled a tourism boom that now attracts more than 2 million visitors a year. Gullah communities have all but disappeared, replaced by upscale resorts and opulent gated developments that new locals — golfers, tourists, and mostly white retirees — fondly call “plantations.”

Faced with an epic case of déjà vu, the Gullah are scrambling for solutions as their livelihood and culture vanish, one waterfront mansion at a time.

In this extra scene, Gullah fisherman Henry Chisholm takes VICE News out on the water, where we saw the golf courses and waterfront mansions displacing Gullah communities on full display.

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A Vanishing History: Gullah Geechee Nation

On the Sea Islands along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, a painful chapter of American history is playing out again. These islands are home to the Gullah or Geechee people, the descendants of enslaved Africans who were brought to work at the plantations that once ran down the southern Atlantic coast. After the Civil War, many former slaves on the Sea Islands bought portions of the land where their descendants have lived and farmed for generations. That property, much of it undeveloped waterfront land, is now some of the most expensive real estate in the country.

But the Gullah are now discovering that land ownership on the Sea Islands isn’t quite what it seemed. Local landowners are struggling to hold on to their ancestral land as resort developers with deep pockets exploit obscure legal loopholes to force the property into court-mandated auctions. These tactics have successfully fueled a tourism boom that now attracts more than 2 million visitors a year. Gullah communities have all but disappeared, replaced by upscale resorts and opulent gated developments that new locals — golfers, tourists, and mostly white retirees — fondly call “plantations.”

Faced with an epic case of déjà vu, the Gullah are scrambling for solutions as their livelihood and culture vanish, one waterfront mansion at a time.

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A Vanishing History: Gullah Geechee Nation (Trailer)

On the Sea Islands along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, a painful chapter of American history is playing out again. These islands are home to the Gullah or Geechee people, the descendants of enslaved Africans who were brought to work at the plantations that once ran down the southern Atlantic coast. After the Civil War, many former slaves on the Sea Islands bought portions of the land where their descendants have lived and farmed for generations. That property, much of it undeveloped waterfront land, is now some of the most expensive real estate in the country.

But the Gullah are now discovering that land ownership on the Sea Islands isn’t quite what it seemed. Local landowners are struggling to hold on to their ancestral land as resort developers with deep pockets exploit obscure legal loopholes to force the property into court-mandated auctions. These tactics have successfully fueled a tourism boom that now attracts more than 2 million visitors a year. Gullah communities have all but disappeared, replaced by upscale resorts and opulent gated developments that new locals — golfers, tourists, and mostly white retirees — fondly call “plantations.”

Faced with an epic case of déjà vu, the Gullah are scrambling for solutions as their livelihood and culture vanish, one waterfront mansion at a time.

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