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American History

"Minty Meets Her Massa"

Taii K. Austin | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Taii K. Austin

MINTY MEETS HER MASSA is a satire on the sanitization of American history in textbooks. PLEASE WATCH UNTIL THE END TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE. ...

5 Hot Books: Paris's Best Street, How to Beat Cancer, and a Transgender Novel

The National Book Review | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review Five books that people are talking about this week -- or should be: 1. The Danish G...

Woodrow Wilson, Princeton University, and the Battles We Choose to Fight

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

I don't really care one way or the other whether Princeton erases Woodrow Wilson from its history - except to the extent that such an action would inevitably invite an endless array of similar claims that would both fundamentally distort the realities of our history and distract attention from the real issues of deeply-rooted injustice in our contemporary society that we need to take seriously today.

Happy Thanksgiving to Pilgrims and Puritans Alike!

Mark Moore | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Mark Moore

We need a few more Squanto's, learning other's languages, planting seeds, being patient, feeding people. Even if you feel like the last survivor of your people, those type of meals may well save you.

Review: Sarah Vowell Is Great -- But a Little Goes a Long Way

The National Book Review | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Don't get me wrong. I like Sarah Vowell. But her new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, is something of a puzzle. Vowell's funny. She's smart, quick, and clever. If you've heard her on "This American Life," you'll know she's a sound artist -- working her antic way through the great collection of words left, boxed up, in history's archives.

America Is an Idea Founded on Thanksgiving and Refugees

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Cyd Zeigler

People say America is more than just a nation, it is an idea. That idea took shape centuries ago at that table covered (in all likelihood) with fowl, corn, mussels and clams. It was that bridge between two cultures that has been a part of our American psyche and led to the birth of our nation.

The Conversation About Race Is Missing the Larger Issue

Sheril Antonio | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sheril Antonio

Even when we earnestly discuss race, usually in the context of yet another revelatory event, we are still avoiding the larger issue, which is rooted in the profound lack of education and consistent access to a complete version of our country's history.

My Family History, as Told by George Takei

Alex Lawrence | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Alex Lawrence

I'm only 32, relatively young in the full scheme of my life, and while I've done some exciting things with it, I don't exactly have lawyers knocking on my door offering to buy my personal story or my family's life story.

Discovering the Thousand Islands in New York State and Ontario, Canada

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.03.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

One of the most memorable travel experiences I could imagine would be discovering a place on the planet of extraordinary beauty that I had never kn...

A Hidden Gem In Indianapolis, Indiana: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I'm a big museum person and was delighted to hear that there was a museum dedicated to Native Americans - their culture and art - on the western edge of downtown Indianapolis, in White River State Park.

Childhood Sure Ain't What It Used to Be

Vicki Cobb | Posted 10.21.2015 | Books
Vicki Cobb

With threats to life on all sides, both natural and man-made, childhood in the Kansas Territory was far from being a sheltered, protected existence. The contrast to the cosseted up-bringing of many of today's children is striking.

Pumpkin Spice Nation

Jesse Lasky | Posted 10.18.2015 | Taste
Jesse Lasky

I was in Trader Joe's recently and there were pumpkin flavored dog treats. Now, I can't speak for my dog (though I have been known on occasion to sp...

Ann Coulter's Immigrant Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Coulter's peculiar logic and word play provoked my own curiosity about her heritage. I decided to take a peek into her past, starting with her parents.

The Sacred Matter of Guns in American History

Gary Laderman | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

The question is not about "mental health." Nor is it about how to regulate the sale of firearms. What matters most here and now to better grasp the power and meaning of owning guns in American life is American history, which is a sad but familiar tale of gun worship and gun carnage.

Why We Should Keep Columbus Day

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Byrd

Columbus Day is a warning for present and future America. There are new explorers. Like Columbus, they have access to the world's deepest pockets. Like Columbus, they seek unguarded access to our country's resources and labor force.

Ban Columbus Day? There Shouldn't Be a Debate

Billie K. Fidlin | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Billie K. Fidlin

The United States perception of Christopher Columbus is filled with erroneous information. He was a killer. But yet we stand by this geneocidal tactic of celebrating one who didn't just marginalize a people, but mutilated them. Though he may be long dead, his legacy is not.

How LGBT History Can Inspire Hope, Support Health, and Even Prevent HIV

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

We are heirs of what I call "LGBT America's heroic legacy," the acts and words of men and women who chose to stand up for their humanity, integrity, and fully equal American citizenship -- rather than accept the shame and silence they were told was their lot in life for being "different."


Marianne Williamson | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

The second American Revolution has begun. It has been stirring within the consciousness of Americans for years, as we've slowly awakened to the chronic and systematic diminishment of the democratic foundations without which we are no longer anything even approaching who we say we are.

The Most Important Elections in 2016

William S. Becker | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

History's chroniclers will conclude that nation that held itself up as humanity's greatest hope turned out to be humanity's greatest disappointment. The United States Congress succumbed to greed -- the greed of politicians for power and the greed of energy barons to profit as much and as long as possible before the era of fossil fuels came to its inevitable end.

Why Hoopla Is Unlikely for the 50th of SEALAB II

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Ben Hellwarth

Fifty years ago, some historic stuff was happening off the coast of Southern California during a sea-floor mission that was like a corollary to the moon landing, with its own brand of small steps for man and giant leaps for mankind.

Dear College Student: Please Diversify Your Courses

Marisel Moreno | Posted 08.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Marisel Moreno

Courses about Latino/as, African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and other minorities, have the potential to effect social change. They work as catalysts to break down the barriers that divide us as a society -- stereotypes, misconceptions, fear and ignorance.

Newark's Art Scene Speaks Volumes in Glass

Isa Freeling | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Some exciting things are happening in Newark, New Jersey. It is quickly becoming a new cultural hub. Its Gateway project located in the Gateway Center (built in 1932), is becoming the centerpiece of this extraordinary renaissance. The brainchild of two amazing women.

Work and Play(s)

Carl Fillichio | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts
Carl Fillichio

The history of the American theater is closely woven into the history of American labor. During the tumultuous early years of the labor movement, the voices of workers often found their expression in the theater.

10 Reasons to Spend Time With Your Political Opposite

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

So why would anyone be crazy enough to spend significant time with someone on the other side of the political fence? Why funny you should ask...

BDS: As American As Apple Pie

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

In condemning the Palestinian BDS movement, Hillary Clinton places herself not only on the wrong side of history, but on the wrong side of American history.