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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 05.01.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.10.2015 | 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 04.04.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

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

Frat Boys on the Bus

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.12.2015 | 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.

The Selma Speech: Obama's America vs. Giuliani's America

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

I wrote a book about Obama's conception of American identity, as well as his depiction of our country's values and history. Although in my research I came across countless examples of him talking about America, I've never heard him do so in as profound a way as he did in Selma this Saturday. The president subtly rejected the Giuliani approach.

We Can Be Good. We've Done it Before.

Martin Schoenhals | Posted 05.06.2015 | Science
Martin Schoenhals

"Are humans innately selfish, greedy and war-like?" This is the question I love to ask my students at the start of the semester. They always answer the same way, with a resounding "yes."

White Terrorism

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The president doesn't "love" America? Would that it were true. Would that the president felt a responsibility to the global future and, at the same time, could summon our real past, grieve for its victims and vow with every fiber of his being to atone for our history of slavery and conquest: the "white terrorism" of manifest destiny. Would that the president didn't "love" our myths.

Why We Need Black History Month

Tania Bradkin | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Tania Bradkin

When Black History month came around this year, I decided to spend the entire month finding and sharing Black History you didn't learn in school.

If You Need a Sense of History, Read a Map

Ann Morgan | Posted 05.03.2015 | Green
Ann Morgan

Stewart culled through scholarly works, diaries of expeditions, local histories, maps, railway guides and government documents to trace how Americans placed names on the land. But it is his insight and ability to comment on our culture that pulls all of this data into a story.

February Is Historical Accuracy Month

Robert Raben | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Robert Raben

Soon February will do double duty as Black History and Historical Accuracy Month. The snow brings with it flurries of concern about Brian Williams, American Sniper, and whether Selma got it right or wrong about President Lyndon Johnson.

Why America Needs Black History Month

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 04.28.2015 | Black Voices
Aryanna Prasad

if black children were reminded, for more than 28 days, that kids like them grew up and achieved their goals in the face of adversity and discrimination, these children would experience the same encouragement any white child feels when looking at the histories of their studies.

The Real American Exceptionalism

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

Washington is now well into the second decade of an endless War on Terror that seems the sum of its exceptions to international law: endless incarceration, extrajudicial killing, pervasive surveillance, drone strikes in defiance of national boundaries and torture on demand.

History Curriculum Needs More Coverage of Black Inventors

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

There is a reason we study Russian and European history as an integral part of our history curriculum. History is required from pre-K to college because it is a vital part of knowing how you and your country came to be.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend -- and Other Feminist Truths

Dale Elizabeth Meikle | Posted 04.15.2015 | Women
Dale Elizabeth Meikle

Unlike other objects, diamond rings powerfully inculcate gender differences and sexual status. They say, "I am taken," and a large ring says, "I am taken by a rich man that would crush your man, Darwinian-style."

American History Is Not Black History; Black History Is Not America's

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

American history is not black history, and our history is not America's to dictate. Until we understand that and begin teaching our history to ourselves in ways that serve our own cultural needs instead of the majority's, we will continue to internalize this nation's prejudices against us, instead of arming ourselves to appropriately demonize and deflect them.