george_washington

Happy July Fourth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6TiooNqPmE This is a 2001 reenactment of General Charles Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown, Virginia, which essentially ended the Revolutionary War. The tradition is that...
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Prelude to a Battle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV3Ct4yj0eo James McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom" is considered by experts to be the best one-volume history of the Civil War. The book covers the war, defined broadly....
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The War (that Failed) to End All Wars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPLS5nNFWTU One hundred years ago this week -- July 28, 1914 -- Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia and the First World War began. There is no better book on the...
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Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to all. At first it seems odd that "Stars and Stripes Forever," the great John Philip Sousa march, is such a great acoustic guitar song. But it makes sense because of the great rhythm....
henry_mancini

Happy Birthday, Henry Mancini

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw0JSJd_dm8 Henry Mancini, who wrote a lot of the background music of our lives, would have been ninety years old today. He died in 1994. The Henry Mancini website is...
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Playlist: Five From Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin (originally Isidor Baline, though there is uncertainty about his first name) quite possibly is the greatest songwriter in American history. One measure of a composer's influence is how...
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Music and Nelson Mandela

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_G7vzJwcYM Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at age 95, inspired some great music. Here is a story from MTV on Mandela's musical legacy: Nelson Mandela, the iconic...