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Jesus' cross and resurrection also bear rich potential for ecological insight.
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Charles Morris chronicles the first 50 years of America.
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The Threat in Spain
In 1938, America’s comparison of the terrors of Nazism with those in Spain was probably accurate. Fulton J. Sheen estimated that 12,000 clerics and 200,000 noncombatants had been murdered by the Spanish Republicans. Those numbers are too high, but not wildly so. Hugh Thomas, in his 1986 update of The Spanish Civil War, reports that contemporary estimates of about one million deaths in the war are now considered about twice too high. Thomas estimates 7,000 murders of clerics at the hands of Republicans, which is still pretty horrific. Ultimately, the Nationalists’ murders outnumbered those of the Republicans’, but not by huge margins, and the bulk of them occurred during their post-victory “White Terror.” If the Republicans had won, they would surely have indulged in their own “Red Terror.”
Centennial Open House
In honor of America’s centennial, and as a sign of thanks to our generous readers and supporters, all content on the Web site will be free for April and May. We hope you will share our content with friends, family and colleagues as we continue our anniversary celebrations throughout the spring. For more on America’s history, visit our centennial page.