Nearly a century and a half after Robert E. Lee and the Confederates surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse, the Civil War is remembered for its unprecedented bloodshed and the abolition of slavery. What often goes unacknowledged is that during the war itself, steps were taken to create a more cohesive nation, fostered by legislation passed by… MORE
Serena Covkin is a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago, studying nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States history. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History. In 2013, her U.S. History Scene article on Civil War photography was cited in an amicus curiae brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court.