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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.

The South Seemed Pretty Sure It Was Fighting for Slavery

Larry Womack | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Larry Womack

It is only very recently, as the debate over the confederate flag has been renewed, that I have come to realize just how deeply the myth that the Civil War wasn't really about slavery has taken root.

What's in Store With Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 08.02.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

My advice to teachers and school administrators this fall is to ignore the unit sequence in the Common Core aligned ELA curriculum. If someone complains, explain that you think it is more important that the ELA and social studies curriculum be coordinated so they make sense and support student learning.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and the Inclusive Future Of American History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Ian Reifowitz

If people see their ancestral experience integrated -- not just mentioned in a checklist kind of way, but fully integrated into the larger narrative -- then they are far more likely to see that larger narrative of American history as something that speaks to them.

"Best of Enemies:" Film Review

Ira Israel | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment
Ira Israel

"Best of Enemies" is an extraordinarily timely, provocative, powerful, poignant and important film. But its overarching themes are so subtle that the film is not about what you think it is about and you will not comprehend its magnitude until the final sixty seconds and closing credits.

Jacob Kerr

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...