Civil War

1:03 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Feeding the Yanks: MSU historian explores Civil War era cookbooks

Veit specializes in American history in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on the history of food and nutrition.
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A new book from the MSU Press looks at the cookbooks and foodways of Americans in the 1860s. “Food in the Civil War Era: The North” is officially out this week. It’s  part of a planned food history series from the MSU Press.

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Politics & Government
1:59 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Hurting while helping: Outside aid often undermines post-civil war democracy

Michael Colaresi researched 136 civil wars from 1936 to 2007 for his recent study, “With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy? The Effect of Transnational Support from Rivals on Post-Conflict Democratization.”
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There’s probably never been a time in history when there wasn’t war and conflict going on somewhere in the world, but amid the Arab Spring and the situation between Russia and Ukraine, right now seems like an especially good time to talk to an expert on international conflict.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:24 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Few paths forward in Syria lead to desirable outcomes

According to MSU professor Mohammed Ayoob, there is no good path forward in Syria. The situation is very complex with more than one proxy war being fought.
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 More than 100,000 people have been killed and nearly a quarter of Syria’s population has been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al Assad began in March 2011. 

While the Obama administration up until this point has largely avoided any direct involvement in the conflict, the administration claims an August 21 chemical weapons attack that left 1400 civilians dead was the work of Assad’s forces.  Calling the use of chemical weapons “a red line," President Obama has asked for Congressional approval for a U.S. military strike.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:42 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Gettysburg 150th: Michigan's role in the Civil War Part 1

The 21st Michigan Infantry.
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This week marks the 150th anniversary of the turning point of the American Civil War: the Battle of Gettysburg.

During this week in 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s all-out attempt to invade the North was turned down by the Army of the Potomac led by Union General George Meade.

The battle ended with more than 50,000 killed and wounded. Michigan men suffered 40 percent casualties. Gettysburg sent the South on the road to its 1865 surrender.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:37 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Current State #32 | February 26, 2013

The MSU Surplus store offers extensive recycling resources and dedication to environmental sustainability.
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Today on Current State: Climate change in Michigan, a tour of the MSU Surplus and Recycling Center; Michigan and the Civil War; Civil Rights era jazz; Spartan basketball in 1979 and now; and the creative process of magazine information graphics.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Current State #3 | January 16, 2013

Thousands gathered at the capitol on December 11, 2012 to protest Governor Rick Snyder's signing of so-called 'right-to-work' legislation.
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On today's Current State: MPRN's Rick Pluta previews Governor Snyder's "State of the State" address, Ingham County's eviction prevention program, Neighbors in Action with the Allen Neighborhood Center, and Michigan's role in the Civil War.

Current State #3 | January 16, 2013

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:02 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Current State #2 | January 15, 2013

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On today's Current State: Lansing police chief Teresa Szymanski discusses guns, we also highlight economic development in Lansing, pianist Minsoo Sohn and Michigan's role in the Civil War.

Current State #2 | January 15, 2013

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12:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Michigan In the Civil War: Fredericksburg

Gen. Henry Baxter of Jonesville commanded the Michigan 7th Infantry at Fredericksburg. He was seriously wounded during the battle.
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This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s bloody battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012


Gen. Israel Richardson was wounded at Antietam, and never recovered.
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Today marks the 150th anniversary of a turning point in the Civil War: the battle of Antietam.

The Maryland battle marked the Confederate army’s first invasion of the north, and it would become the bloodiest day in American history. More than

23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing.           

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12:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: Senator Zachariah Chandler

WKAR's Scott Pohl has been periodically talking with Michigan State University historian Roger Rosentreter about the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, with an eye on Michigan's role in the war.

Today, they discuss the Joint Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War. Michigan Senator Zachariah Chandler was an outspoken member of the committee.

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WKAR Features
9:14 am
Thu July 21, 2011

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: First Battle of Bull Run

East Lansing, MI –

It's time to mark another 150th anniversary of an important Civil War event.

The First Battle of Bull Run was fought on July 21st, 1861.

WKAR's Scott Pohl discussed the battle with Roger Rosentreter, the former editor of Michigan History magazine and an adjunct professor at Michigan State University.

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WKAR Features
9:44 am
Wed May 11, 2011

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: 150th anniversary of the Michigan First


This year, America is marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

As sesquicentennial events are noted, one of the most talked about involves the Michigan First Regiment.

The Michigan First mustered at Campus Martius in Detroit on this date in 1861, called by Abraham Lincoln to protect the nation's capital.

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