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Show-Me State Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My recent trip to Missouri made me curious about women who changed America with ties to Missouri, so I went looking. Their contributions are varied and fascinating.

What Would Louie Do: Author David Rensin on Career and Collaboration With Louis Zamperini

Steve Karras | Posted 03.15.2015 | Books
Steve Karras

We seek advice in a variety of places (parents, friends, mentors), but when author David Rensin does -- at least for the past sixteen years -- he asks himself, "What would Louie do?"

The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Today's texts acknowledge "blemishes" like the internment of Japanese Americans, but the texts either ignore or gloss over the fact that for almost a decade, during the earliest fascist invasions of Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Western democracies encouraged rather than fought Hitler and Mussolini, and sometimes gave them material aid.

Boycott the Winter Olympics

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Bob Burnett

In most circumstances our focus would be on high-level competition and international camaraderie. But we cannot ignore the deplorable Russian human-rights environment. That's why Americans should boycott the 22nd Winter Olympics.

Jesse Owens' Medal Up For Auction

AP | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Posted 02.01.2014 | Sports

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Amid the jerseys and baseball bats held in a secure room at SCP Auctions, there's a piece of sports memorabilia that sp...

Jesse Owens at 99

Jason Williams | Posted 11.12.2012 | Black Voices
Jason Williams

On September 12, 1913, in the small farming town of Oakville, Alabama Henry and Emma Owens, two sharecroppers and the children of slaves, welcomed their tenth and final child to the world, James Cleveland Owens.

The 1936 Olympics: The Man Who Beat Jesse Owens

Ben Arogundade | Posted 09.29.2012 | Sports
Ben Arogundade

Owens was a "floater" -- fleet-footed, with a very upright, almost regal posture and an elegant smoothness across the surface, as if he was running on feathers. These days, everyone runs the same. They are fast, but kinetically less beautiful.