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black and white photo of camp thomas military barracks
R. Burgoon / Courtesy of Doreen Uhas Sauer

Ohio played an important role in Union efforts during the Civil War. Over 300,000 Ohioans served in the Union Army and over 35,000 died during the war. 

Abraham Lincoln's Legacy In Modern Politics

Feb 18, 2021
President Abraham Lincoln
White House

Abraham Lincoln occupies a unique place of reverence in American politics, exalted and claimed by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Lincoln is quoted, and misquoted, perhaps more than any other historical figure when American politicians want to get their point across.

Mooberry Street Sign
WOSU Public Media

As part of our Curious Cbus series, WOSU collects questions from listeners and investigates the answers. But since the project started, a lot of the questions we've received have centered around various Columbus streets and where their names came from.

In this 1918 photo made available by the Library of Congress, volunteer nurses from the American Red Cross tend to influenza patients in the Oakland Municipal Auditorium, used as a temporary hospital.
Edward A. "Doc" Rogers / Library of Congress via AP

This episode originally aired on May 19, 2020.

From the plague to the present day coronavirus pandemic, disease outbreaks have shaped everything in society from politics to personal relationships.

Yale medical historian Frank Snowden explores this theme in his recent book, Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present.

It's considered a significant Modernist structure and one of the nation's first modern hotels built after World War II. Now it's on a significant list, too.

In austere, starkly divisive remarks, President Trump on Thursday said he would create a commission to promote "patriotic education" and announced the creation of a grant to develop a "pro-American curriculum." The move is largely political — a reaction to a growing push by some academics for schools to teach an American history that better acknowledges slavery and systemic racism.

It was 100 years ago this week that a tragic moment in baseball history centered on Cleveland. Tribe shortstop Ray Chapman was struck and killed by a pitch. He’s the only player in major league history to die while playing the sport.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Chapman's legacy carries on in Cleveland to this day. 

The Ohio Prison Fire

Aug 5, 2020
Rescue workers aid fire victims at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio on April 21, 1930. More than 300 persons, mostly inmates, perished in the fire.
Associated Press

This episode originally aired on December 5, 2019.

On Easter Monday in 1930, a fire trapped hundreds of inmates in the aging Ohio Penitentiary just minutes after they returned to their cells after a holiday supper.

What remains the deadliest prison fire in American history claimed the lives of 320 men who hailed from every corner of the country and beyond.

This illustration shows four white men on the banks of a river or creek, an empty horse-drawn wagon visible behind them. A wooden rowboat carrying two African American men
L.J. Bridgman / Ohio History Connection

Before the Civil War, thousands of people escaped slavery by traveling north through Ohio on the Underground Railroad, a loose system of safe "stations" where abolitionists and humanitarians gave aide and shelter to formerly enslaved people.

Whitewashing History

Jul 24, 2020
The head portion of the Christopher Columbus statue was taken off Friday morning and taken away on a flatbed truck.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

This episode originally aired on July 21, 2020.

The truth about the once legal enslavement of humans in the U.S and the concurrent racism then that persists today is fraught with the worst kinds of violence and inhumanity.

How that history is taught in schools and how educators have at times soft-pedaled misery and injustice has come to the fore in the era of Black Lives Matter.

Whitewashing History

Jul 21, 2020
The head portion of the Christopher Columbus statue was taken off Friday morning and taken away on a flatbed truck.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

The truth about the once legal enslavement of humans in the U.S and the concurrent racism then that persists today is fraught with the worst kinds of violence and inhumanity.

How that history is taught in schools and how educators have at times soft-pedaled misery and injustice has come to the fore in the era of Black Lives Matter.

The Ohio Prison Fire

Jul 8, 2020
Rescue workers aid fire victims at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio on April 21, 1930. More than 300 persons, mostly inmates, perished in the fire.
Associated Press

This episode originally aired on December 5, 2019.

On Easter Monday in 1930, a fire trapped hundreds of inmates in the aging Ohio Penitentiary just minutes after they returned to their cells after a holiday supper.

What remains the deadliest prison fire in American history claimed the lives of 320 men who hailed from every corner of the country and beyond.

This photo from the 1880s shows boats on the Columbus Feeder Canal right before its terminus at the Scioto River near West Main Street, formerly Friend Street.
Columbus Disptach / Ohio History Connection

Before highways or even railroads were the preferred means of transportation in Ohio, canals were considered the cutting edge of travel technology.

Black and white photo of Large angled roof on  home at 503 Evergreen Circle was part of Rush Creek villages application to the National Register of Historic Places.
National Park Service / archive.gov

Central Ohio is home to many historic neighborhoods with unique architectural identities. Most neighborhoods, such as German Village and Victorian Village, are heavily influenced by European architecture.

There is one neighborhood, however, that has a decidedly modern American influence. 

Remembering D-Day And World War II

May 25, 2020
 Soldiers in cargo vehicles move onto a beach in Normandy during the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day, June 6, 1944. After fierce fighting, the Allies established a foothold in northern France.
U.S Army / Flickr Creative Commons

This episode originally aired on June 5, 2019.

June 6 marks the anniversary of D-Day, when more than 150,000 Allied troops spilled onto five beach along the French coast in what is seen as the primary turning point, the beginning of the end of World War II. 

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