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Two Books Bill O'Reilly--and all Americans--Should Read

Ben Railton | Posted 07.30.2016 | Politics
Ben Railton

The last two weeks in American politics and society have been full of controversies and debates, but none engaged with our collective memories and his...

Nelly Custis Lewis's Tomato Soup And Life As A Plantation Matron

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.28.2016 | Taste
Christine Stoddard

To honor Nelly's work and capture her position in life, I have created one graphic of her beloved tomato soup recipe, as well as a poetry graphic about her destiny as a plantation matron. Similar Quaker and slave graphics tied to Woodlawn's food history are forthcoming.

Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Matter To You

Percell Dugger | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Percell Dugger

When you say "All Lives Matter", especially to a black person, you're essentially saying the history and narrative of black people in this country, does not matter to you. You're saying that our feelings, with regards to the mistreatment and injustices against black people don't matter.

"Make America..."

Rick Horowitz | Posted 07.03.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Well, since he mentioned it......

Consequences Of Freedom

William E. White | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
William E. White

With Independence Day looming, we hear a lot about "freedom." The holiday is our national celebration of freedom and the word echoes through our consciousness like no other. But this year, I hope we stop and really consider the meaning of freedom.

'Free State Of Jones' Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Black-White Alliance

Amb. Andrew J. Young | Posted 06.27.2016 | Black Voices
Amb. Andrew J. Young

We need more Newt Knights today. We need coalitions to combat the pernicious and ominous signs that appear around us this year. We need to work together to fight the newer forms of obvious oppression.

10 Books That All Hamilton Fans Must Read!

Allison Pataki | Posted 06.15.2016 | Books
Allison Pataki

As if it wasn't already impossible to score tickets to the Broadway smash hit, something tells me that after the Tony Awards--Hamilton nabbed eleven Tonys, including Best Musical--the world will be even wilder for Hamilton, the Pulitzer-prize winning show chronicling the life of our nation's first Treasury Secretary.

What the Founding Fathers Really Meant When They Wrote the Second Amendment

Quora | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics

The Second Amendment was created so that the states could form militias or armies to destroy insurrections or slave rebellions because the federal government had no standing military for a long time.

Making History, Our First Woman Presidential Nominee "Remembers the Ladies"

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Early in the creation of our Constitution, Abigail Adams in March 1776 wrote to her husband John Adams, a leading Founding Father, and famously appeal...

The Shining City on the Hill

David Bergstein | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
David Bergstein

Ideological government structures, such as those Bernie Sanders is advocating, eventually lead to ruin because productivity goes down and the nation a...

Echoes From the Presidential Election of 1800

A. Roger Ekirch | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
A. Roger Ekirch

Our current presidential campaign, for all of its turbulence, has an equally discordant antecedent in the momentous election of 1800 pitting John Adams, the Federalist incumbent, against Thomas Jefferson, leader of the nascent Republican party.


Rahsaan Chisolm | Posted 06.03.2016 | Black Voices
Rahsaan Chisolm

Though I'm a bit tired of Hollywood remakes of all my favorite shows and movies and would love for new stories to be told, I will watch Roots this week, because I genuinely am intrigued to see what it will be like in comparison to the original.

Were Lewis and Clark Gay? About That Saturday Night Live Sketch...

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 05.25.2016 | Entertainment
Thomas A. Foster

Members threatened to protest at their annual meeting, arguing that the national reputation of the explorers was at stake. Some called for the editor of the journal to resign and to offer a public apology "for publishing this foul and offensive article."

Americans Are Better Off Than We Were Eight Years Ago

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

When we go to cast our votes for president in November, the fundamental question is whether we want a president who will, by and large, share the policies and vision of Barack Obama, or one who in addition to being a hateful, uninformed, groper of a fascist who would destroy our position in the world, fundamentally rejects them.

Rare Copies Of 13th Amendment, Emancipation Proclamation Go On Sale

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.20.2016 | Black Voices

Two of the most important documents of American history could soon be yours, if you have millions to spend. Rare copies of the 13th Amendment, which ...

He's the Official Historian for the U.S. Marshals Service: Yes, Virginia...Cool Jobs for History Buffs Do Exist

Whitny Braun | Posted 05.11.2016 | Good News
Whitny Braun

The older I get the more the conversations I have with friends over dinner revolve around how much they hate their jobs. My childhood pal said to me recently, "With each passing day I relate more and more to the Peter Gibbons character in Office Space. Is there anyone out there, except for Oprah or Jimmy Fallon, who has actually found a job that they like?"

Slavery in Recent American Films: "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

Volney Gay | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Volney Gay

In "Lincoln" (2012), Stephen Spielberg showed us a noble president, fighting against slavery. The story is clear; right and wrong are distinct; Lincol...

Alexander Hamilton: Father of American Banking and American Burnout

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

On Tuesday, the musical Hamilton was nominated for a record 16 Tony awards. And three weeks ago, its creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, won the Pulitzer Prize. And it's all, of course, richly deserved. But one angle of the saga of Hamilton, both on-stage and off, that has not been commented on is how it shows the value of time off. Alexander Hamilton wasn't just the subject of our country's first sex scandal. He was perhaps also our first fully documented case -- and the founding father -- of political burnout. And one of the biggest takeaways from the musical, for me, is this question: If the hard-driving Hamilton had given himself the time he needed to recharge, how much better -- and longer -- would he have been able to serve the adopted country he loved so much?

Recognizing All of America's S/Heroes

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Kudos to the Treasury Department which has announced that Harriet Tubman's face will grace the front of the redesigned $20 bill, making her the first woman in more than a century and first African American ever to be represented on the face of an American paper note.

If You Can Keep Breathing: On Watching UNDERGROUND and Surviving

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 04.26.2016 | Black Voices
Stacy Parker Le Melle

Where would we be without the survivors? Even if we forget the ancestors, they are always with us. They can't be outrun. They live in us. Their traumas are ours. Art like Underground helps us read them, and ourselves.

Tubman Selection Is Right on the Money

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

She was an agitator. She was a subversive. She used the tools of social change to improve America. She fought for the little guy against the strong guy. And she was willing to put herself at great risk to ensure justice for others.

I'm from Boston

Alicia MacManus | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Alicia MacManus

So much of what our country stands for is found in Boston's history and throughout its streets today. As Americans we are bold, brave and yes, a little rebellious.

The Old Threadbare Lie Behind North Carolina's HB2

Honor Sachs | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Honor Sachs

While North Carolina's new anti-LGBT law is the product of a contemporary political moment, the basic argument at its core speaks to a very old and very insidious historical narrative.

Sneak Peek: Scott Foley's Revolutionary and Bewitching 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Journey

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.07.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Actor, director and screenwriter Scott Foley takes his turn under the Who Do You Think You Are? microscope to explore family stories that have been pa...

Meet The Modern Day Tom Sawyer

Sara Ruthnum | Posted 04.12.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Sara Ruthnum

The first time I heard of the name 'Aquachigger' I thought it was some sort of marinelife racial slur. But Beau Ouimette, the man behind the Aquachigger YouTube channel, couldn't be further from a racially charged sea creature. He is re-pioneering a lost art, something dreamt of by children around the world: treasure hunting and adventuring.