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PLUS: Our Bodies, Ourselves at 40 (The Daily Beast)
At 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, months after seven Southern states had seceded from the Union, a single mortar was fired by Confederate soldiers at Fort Sumter near Charleston, South Carolina.
The Civil War at 150: Iconic Photography for you Civil War buffs.
Katrina, a year later by Vincent Laforet
Hundreds of years ago, when I first started working at Time, I was taught that anniversary stories are some of the lowest forms of journalism around, and that Time would never stoop to them (clearly, that publication is in a much different place now).
But for Katrina, I think it’s important to suspend this rule, because it really was a critical moment. If there is any real, fundamental danger to America (as opposed to all of Fox’s made-up stuff, that is), this is it: That the country will fail because its government does not provide even minimally competent services to its citizens.
Look at Vince’s pictures—they’re fantastic; see NOLA’s really nice five year’s after coverage (and remember what an amazing, essential job that paper did in 2005); watch ABC’s livestream from there today.