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In The Civil War, The “Deadline” Was Meant Literally

If a prisoner crossed this line, they could be shot

Painting of the Andersonville Prison — from Thomas O’Dea on the Public Domain

When we talk about deadlines today, we’re usually talking about a time limit to get something done. Deadlines motivate us to get a project in on time. We structure whole days and work periods around deadlines, and the term is well-associated with this time limit definition. We…




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