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Uncovering the roots of racist ideas in America

The Conversation US | Posted 02.06.2017 | Black Voices
The Conversation US

By Ibram X. Kendi, University of Florida Donald Trump proclaimed during his inaugural address, "When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no r...

Trump's Immigration Executive Order and the "Christian Nation" Myth

Ben Railton | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Ben Railton

Most of the immediate and impassioned responses to President Trump's un-American, immoral, and likely illegal Executive Orders on immigration and refu...

A New Declaration

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 01.31.2017 | Impact
Susan Deily-Swearingen

One week ago, I was marching through the streets of D.C. with a phalanx of fellow protesters. It was empowering to be surrounded by a mass of people a...

This Is America: A Love Letter

Abigail Rockwell | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Abigail Rockwell

Her name is Florence Rebecca Wade Bush. She is 90 years young. A Baptist Reverend’s widow, mother of three sons, each his own force of nature. She f...

Lest We Forget: The Big Lie Behind the Rise of Trump

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In this web exclusive, Bill Moyers and four historians dissect the big lie Trump rode to power.

The Trump Presidency: A Second Harding Administration?

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

The inauguration of Donald Trump is only a week away and the many who dread the incoming administration are busy bewailing the coming catastrophe. The...

The Tilting Floor: On Colson Whitehead's 'The Underground Railroad' And The Nascent Trump Presidency

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics
Stacy Parker Le Melle

Eastman Johnson, A Ride for Liberty - The Fugitive Slaves On New Year's Eve, at 3:30am, I finished Colson Whitehead's gripping novel The Underground ...

'Reagan: American Icon,' by Iwan Morgan (I.B. Tauris, 2016)

Jason Saltoun-Ebin | Posted 12.28.2016 | Books
Jason Saltoun-Ebin

Are we still in the "Age of Reagan"? The election of Barack Obama 20 years after Reagan left office appeared to have closed that chapter in American p...

The Eerily Familiar North Carolina Coup We've All Forgotten

Ben Railton | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Ben Railton

Although it can be hard to decide where to find the most outrageous political news as this autumn of awfulness turns to an even worse winter, North Ca...

Photographer Uses Her Naked Body To Address America's Forgotten History

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.13.2016 | Arts

Warning: This article contains nudity and may not be appropriate for work. Photographer Nona Faustine was riding the Staten Island Ferry in April of ...


Peter Vaughn | Posted 11.30.2016 | Books
Peter Vaughn

THE MEN WHO LOST AMERICA Andrew O'Shaunnessy Reading and studying history as a life's avocation is not much different than watching one of those men ...

It Feels like the Fall of Reconstruction

Manisha Sinha | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
Manisha Sinha

American history is doomed to repeat itself, the first time as tragedy and then as farce. Like the majority of American voters who voted for Hillary, ...

Who Was Still Alive When You Were Born?

Peter Reynosa | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Peter Reynosa

Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, The Old Guitarist, 1903-1904, by Pablo Picasso What famous person was still alive when you were born? And wh...

The Popular Vote-Electoral College Disconnect: The New Normal?

Mark Siegel | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
Mark Siegel

The Electoral College envisioned by our Founding Fathers bears little resemblance to the Electoral College that will convene on December 19, 2016 to select Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

Trump Is Not The Solution To Your Anger

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

You are angry about jobs going overseas and leaving you with a low-paying, no-benefits job in the service industry. You are angry about your community being hollowed out because of those lost jobs and shuttered factories.

"Nasty Woman/Mujer Sucia"

Edieth Wu | Posted 11.06.2016 | Good News
Edieth Wu

People want to and deserve to be treated with civility: basic respect, basic kindness, and basic courtesy. For women specifically, the retort "nasty...

'No More Backbone Than A Chocolate Eclair': The Best Political Insults of All Time

Bianna Golodryga | Posted 11.02.2016 | Politics
Bianna Golodryga

In the spirit of celebrating the near-conclusion (at long last!) of the mudslinging that has plagued the 2016 presidential election, I've compiled a list of superlative insults uttered by politicians throughout history.

Truthful Reflections: Repainting an American Story

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.31.2016 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

As witness and activist-creative, Valdez joins the ranks of great American painters who insist on holding up a truthful mirror to the American experience, one into which we all need to deeply gaze.

Atoning For Slavery: An Institution Grapples With Its Original Business Model

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Georgetown will issue a formal apology for its part in this ugly chapter in American history, erect a monument to its slaves, rename two buildings that honor Jesuit priests who facilitated the sale of the 272, and establish an institute for the study of slavery.

18 Reasons to Visit Berks County PA - Reading, Kutztown and Boyertown - Now

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 10.14.2016 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Berks County PA, encompassing Reading, Kutztown and Boyertown, has always been a "first responder" and incubator for the arts, for preservation, for c...

Which American Politicians Have Switched Parties? (This List Will Surprise You!)

Bianna Golodryga | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Bianna Golodryga

It's not uncommon for politicians in the U.S. to switch party affiliations. Many of our best American leaders and legislators have done so. While some...

When 'Colored' Turned 'Black'

L.E. Kalikow | Posted 09.27.2016 | Impact
L.E. Kalikow

As a white teenage civil rights marcher in the 60's, I remember when 'Colored' became 'Black,' and suddenly I was an outsider. It was proposed that if...

After 100 Years Of Challenges, The First National Black History Museum Is Here

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.27.2016 | Black Voices

Black history is finally taking its rightful place within the Smithsonian Institution with the National Museum of African American History and Culture...

Where Are The Leaders?

William E. White | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
William E. White

Look at the current political mess. Where are the leaders? "We the People" need inspiration, but there is a dearth of leadership. Across the political spectrum--local, state, and national politics--selfishness, denegation, dishonesty, and partisanship are the rule.

The Dark History Of The 'Nation Of Immigrants'

Aviva Chomsky | Posted 09.13.2016 | Politics
Aviva Chomsky

Donald Trump may differ from other contemporary politicians in so openly stating his antipathy to immigrants of a certain sort. But the policies Trump is advocating, including that well-publicized wall and mass deportations, are really nothing new.