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American History

February Is Historical Accuracy Month

Robert Raben | Posted 02.27.2015 | 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 02.26.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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.

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality's Never Far Away

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Jesse Washington was just one black man to die horribly at the hands of white death squads. Between 1882 and 1968 -- 1968! -- there were 4,743 recorded lynchings in the U.S. About a quarter of them were white people, many of whom had been killed for sympathizing with black folks. My father, who was born in 1904 near Paris, Texas, kept in a drawer that newspaper photograph from back when he was a boy of thousands of people gathered as if at a picnic to feast on the torture and hanging of a black man in the center of town. On a journey tracing our roots many years later, my father choked and grew silent as we stood near the spot where it had happened. Yes, it was hard to get back to sleep the night we heard the news of the Jordanian pilot's horrendous end. ISIS be damned! I thought. But with the next breath I could only think that our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. They were insiders. Home grown. Godly. Our neighbors, friends, and kin. People like us.

Black History Is American History

Herron Keyon Gaston | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Herron Keyon Gaston

We must tell our stories from the boardroom to the courtroom; and from the outhouse to the White House. That we are at the heart of the American story, and without our story, there is no authentic American story.

A Letter to Taya Kyle, Widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle

Sybil Brun | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Sybil Brun

Although the movie is deeply moving -- and yes, sad -- it contains a powerful message that continues to resonate with me. So would I have had it any other way? Not a chance.

America: Lift Every Voice and Sing

Ronda Lee | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Ronda Lee

Some are thinking, why do you have to bring up race? Forgive and forget. It is the same refrain as the unfaithful spouse asking why the partner brings up past infidelities. That is water under the bridge. America, the water under the bridge is about to overtake the bridge.

Rebecca Klein

Proposed W.Va. Law Would Fine Educators For Teaching About Socialism Before American History

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

A proposed bill in West Virginia would require students to learn about America’s founding before learning about “social problems, economics, forei...

A Modest Proposal to Suppress the Whiskey Rebellion and Heal American Politics. (With Apologies to Jonathan Swift.)

Carl Pope | Posted 01.28.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

San Juan, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Why not a Commonwealth of Texas? That thought occurred to me reading about political stalemate in Washington while celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Sierra Club's vibrant chapter here.

'Do You See What I See': The Debate Over Black Confederates

Jim Downs | Posted 01.23.2015 | College
Jim Downs

Doing black history means more than just finding black people in the archives and stating whether they did or did not do something.

Historic Places as Sites of Conscience: Shockoe Bottom's Potential to Change Society

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

In Richmond, a new alliance of social justice activists and historic preservationists has formed to protect Shockoe Bottom against incompatible development. Leadership of the alliance includes Preservation Virginia; Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; and a working group of preservationists from nearby Church Hill.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 5

Dave Kreissman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

If you've been following my historical view of Muhammad Ali, you've learned about his rise to prominence, his religious and political awakening and his repudiation by the boxing establishment and mainstream American culture.

How We Can Achieve a More Inclusive History

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

This long weekend, as we reflect on his life and legacy, we also renew our dedication to a cause Dr. King held dear: ensuring the story we tell ourselves as a nation is an inclusive one, which does justice to all our communities and captures the full spectrum of the American past.

The Chronicles of Gringolandia

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 02.18.2015 | Books
Alex Cacioppo

Americans like to think that they live in a perpetual present, as author Ilan Stavans, a Jewish-Mexican immigrant to the U.S. in the 1980s, writes in A Most Imperfect Union, lavishly illustrated by his compadre Lalo Alcaraz. But that is another illusory convention that, like many others, gets knocked down in the manner of a summary execution.

Ferguson: Riot or Rebellion?

Jack Schneider | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Jack Schneider

Race plays a significant role in how violence is framed for the public. And though such framing may begin informally in conversation or in popular media, it persists in what our children are taught in school and affects the way we understand each other.

The Legacy Of Evangelical Preacher George Whitefield

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) If YouTube had existed in the 1700s, George Whitefield, hailed by scholars as the best-known evangelist of that century, would have been all ove...

Are We the World's Most Anti-Worker Nation?

Les Leopold | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Les Leopold

Not only do we rank 26th in median wealth, we also are the most anti-employee country in the developed world. Actually, the two go together because rising inequality results from our pro-Wall Street and anti-worker policies.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 4

Dave Kreissman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

Recently, several St. Louis Rams players protested the Ferguson non-indictment, pantomiming "hands up, don't shoot" as they came on the field. But in the '60s, the intersection of sports, politics and religion reached its zenith in the person of Muhammad Ali.

Learning White-American History

Courtney McKinney | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

Being African-American in America means knowing the country was not made for you. I mean this literally, not figuratively.

2015: The Year of No Little Plans

Michael Benson | Posted 01.29.2015 | College
Michael Benson

I pledge to let 2015 be a year in which I focus on a persistently optimistic attitude, think big, and refuse to let those naysayers who dream too small deter me from my own goals.

Thanksgiving and Civil War

Honor Sachs | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Honor Sachs

Few ever stop to think why we celebrate this moment. When you think about it, it does not make a lot of sense. We have a national holiday to celebrate an obscure dinner party that took place almost four hundred years ago. Why? How did this come to be?