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American Politicians Used To Have Some Pretty Incredible Names

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

When then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama first stepped onto the national scene at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he referred to himself as...

How Progressives Talk About July 4 And Our National History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be a way we can do what needs doing, to shine a light on the problems and injustices in our country, while still publicly embracing a commitment to the whole country, the whole community.

His Soul Wrapped in the Confederate Flag

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The U.S. is enslaved by its past. That's what no one has said yet. An undead racism still stalks the American consciousness, and it will, once again, regroup, Confederate flag or no Confederate flag. What this moment of awareness calls for is true atonement for our history.

Defiance, Confederate Flags, and What to Do Now

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Stacy Parker Le Melle

If anyone is saying that change is impossible, they are being drowned out by those calling out, specifically, for ways to bring ourselves into full American citizenship -- the rights and privileges that we've been fighting for, continuously, since emancipation. The ones that immigrants have fought for since arrival.

'Sister Outside': Rachel Dolezal and the Ideology of Race

Jim Downs | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices
Jim Downs

I say "don't hate the player, hate the game." Race is the game. We want to believe in its realness; its authenticity; its power as a marker. That's ideology.

Women In Early America And The Need For A National Women's History Museum

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 06.15.2015 | Women
Thomas A. Foster

Although very different -- one an elite, seventeenth-century Spanish woman, the other an enslaved eighteenth-century African American woman -- together, they help make up the rich and diverse fabric of our nation's history.

Is AP U.S. History Biased? Take This Quiz and See!

John A. Tures | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
John A. Tures

Several members of the conservative National Association of Scholars have again taken aim at the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum, claiming it omits or minimizes religious influences in America and the free-enterprise system and ignores Republican heroes like Ronald Reagan. But is that really the case?

Senate Resolution Celebrating Second Founding Is Just the Beginning

Doug Kendall | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Even 150 years later, it's clear that the wounds of the Civil War are not completely healed. But despite these historical and political rifts, there is one thing that can and should unite all Americans, as it has united Senators Leahy and Lee and a unanimous Senate: The wisdom and importance of the constitutional changes wrought by the Civil War and Reconstruction.

The Nine Secret Cities of Newport, R.I.

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Getting to know Newport, Rhode Island, is -- how should I put this? -- just a bit different from touring around other famous resorts. You were thinking a quick walk-through of The Breakers or another summer mansion? Think again.

Auto Safety: Past Is Prologue

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.13.2015 | Books
Ralph Nader

There are few national problems that are less serious today than they were 50 years ago. The fact that our roads are safer is a testament to the power of public sentiment, citizen advocacy and a government that acts to promote the welfare of its people, not the interests of big business. In this sense, the "car safety war" is certainly a war worth studying, reflecting on, and celebrating.

A Novel Solution to America's 'History Deficit'

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

But when you go beyond such video anecdotes and learn how much or how little Americans generally know about our own past, you'll probably stop laughing.

The Sinking of the Lusitania: How a Wartime Tragedy Occasioned a Landmark Animated Movie

The New York Public Library | Posted 06.08.2015 | New York
The New York Public Library

More than any other single event, Germany's sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, which resulted in the loss of 128 American lives, signaled the moment when U.S. public opinion about the First World War began to crystallize.

The American Sports Columnist

Ken Reed | Posted 05.05.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

I fell in love with sports at about age seven. A couple years later, I fell in love with the sports page. But I quickly grew a little bored with pictures, box scores and game stories. I gravitated to the sports columnists. Even at a young age I enjoyed debating sports topics.

Beneath the Debate of the Washington 'Redskins' Name is an Underlying Truth: The Vast Majority of Americans Have a Limited -- and Often Mistaken -- Understanding of Native American History

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
National Museum of the American Indian

The controversy surrounding the Washington football team name is in some ways a bellwether. Americans do not know enough about our shared history even to be properly offended at the lack of an inclusive narrative that illuminates the history of this continent in all of its complexity.

Ten Ways Those Who Want to Give Your Land Away are Misleading You

Ann Morgan | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Ann Morgan

It is hard to imagine that anyone would believe the fallacies peddled by the American Lands Council trying to convince politicians to give away our pu...

Moving Beyond MOOCS

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
Steven M. Gillon

In many ways, we have a romanticized view of college. Popular portrayals of a typical classroom show a handful of engaged students sitting attentively around a small seminar table while their Harrison Ford-like professor shares their wisdom about the world.

A Tour of 'Mini-Beantowns' Shows the Sprouts From Boston's Seeds

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.20.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Did the towns have any links to New England -- maybe a special sense of history, a general store or central green? Could I find New Bostonians with a soft spot for the Celtics, or a taste for scrod? It would take a road trip to find out.

Melissa Etheridge's French Canadian British American Spanish Ancestor

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.20.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

She swiftly discovers French Canadian ancestors who were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit against a man who got their teenage daughter pregnant and refused to marry her, but there's more to the story than she first thinks.

The Dark Side of American History

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

It should be increasingly apparent to Americans, as they become aware, through new technologies, of white-on-black police killings, that there is a dark side to American history, requiring expiation.

The Most Iconic Bar In Every State (And DC)

Thrillist | Posted 06.13.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

These 51 bars have stood the test of time, broken bottles, and health inspections, and they keep bringing the crowds back in.

Saluting Muslim American Patriots

Craig Considine | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Muslim Americans who have served in the U.S. military are an important reminder that Americans are not bound by religion, but by values that extend beyond their ethnic and racial backgrounds.

The Progressive Promise of Today's Technology

Andrei Cherny | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Andrei Cherny

A digital policy for the new century, tailored not just to the moment but for the future, is vital if we are to unleash economic growth, shared prosperity, and the full potential of technology for citizens and consumers. But such a policy architecture requires a new consensus -- on privacy, on security, on customer protections, on growth and mobility.

Those Who Do Not Remember the Past Are Doomed...

Jeff Freedman | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Jeff Freedman

There have been all sorts of laws, both proposed and enacted, recently that seek to secure and ensure religious freedom, be it in a municipality, a state or nationally. All are unnecessary, and all are probably unconstitutional.

A President's Speech, A Fraternity's Rant

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

There was Oklahoma. But then there's Selma...

Frat Boys on the Bus

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The punitive reactions against a few individuals or an isolated fraternity chapter are no more effective than any other punitive measures taken against scapegoats. They shut the door on something unpleasant, in the process heaping blame on isolated individuals that ought to be borne, or at least processed, collectively.