American civil war

The Age of the Outraged is killing all my best gags

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Cautious TV execs are killing my gags

Ladies first: Nicole Kidman as Miss Martha in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled

A pulpy, misogynistic B-movie refashioned into an explosive feminist revenge drama: The Beguiled reviewed

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled is set during the American Civil War and is about a wounded Union solider, Corporal John…

Little to relish in this bracing portrait of a vain, brilliant fool: The Libertine reviewed

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Here are three roles all actors love to play. The drunk (no need to learn your lines), the dementia victim…

Seen the film? Now read the book: The Free State of Jones

1 October 2016 9:00 am

In The Cousins’ War (1999), the Republican political strategist Kevin Phillips argued that three ‘civil wars’ had defined politics in…

Goodfella: Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight in ‘Free State of Jones’

No ambiguity, character development or psychological insight: Free State of Jones reviewed

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Free State of Jones is an American Civil War drama ‘inspired’ by the life of Newton Knight, who led an…

We, too, are America: children and members of the San Francisco chapter of the National Council of Negro Women at a voter registration motorcade, 1956

How helpful is it for America to have a museum dedicated to African American culture?

24 September 2016 9:00 am

‘A fool’s errand’. That is how Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and…

HMS Agamemnon lays the first Atlantic telegraph cable between Trinity Bay and Valentia Island

The 1850s: a dizzying decade of boom and bust

26 March 2016 9:00 am

We can all identify decades in which the world moved forward. Wars are not entirely negative experiences: the social and…

From ambrosia to zabaglione — now with added slavery

13 June 2015 9:00 am

This Oxford Companion ranges from the sweet to the decidedly salty, while being the most politically correct reference book you will ever consult, says Paul Levy

An idealised view of a cotton plantation beside the Mississippi, c. 1880

The turbulent reign of King Cotton: the dark history of one of the world’s most important commodities

10 January 2015 9:00 am

If not for cotton, we would still be wearing wool. To equal current cotton production, we would need seven billion…

The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride - review

25 January 2014 9:00 am

James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird is set in the mid 19th century, and is based on the real life…

Far from idealism

6 November 2010 12:00 am

Sam Leith on the chaos and carnage of the American Civil War, in which slavery was always a secondary issue, battles began accidentally and volunteers enlisted on a whim