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Breaking Bloody News of the American Revolution, 1775

Todd Andrlik | Posted 10.23.2012 | Media
Todd Andrlik

We live in a time of constant debate and discussion about political and military media coverage. So, now is perhaps the best time to study media coverage of the American Revolution and the birth of the United States.

Our Inner Puritans

Matthew Hutson | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Matthew Hutson

Americans are the most individualistic people in the world. This may be a remnant of the Protestant rejection of church hierarchy and emphasis on a personal relationship with God.

The Will of the People

William E. White | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
William E. White

Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.

Cup Discovery Reveals Ancient 'Vomit Drink' Ritual

| Posted 08.08.2012 | Science

By Elizabeth Norton In the 1600s, Europeans exploring the American southeast wrote of a purification ritual practiced by the native people, involving...

Bum: A 19th Century Dog Who Chose San Diego as his Home

Kate Kelly | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home
Kate Kelly

In 1886 a steamship from San Francisco, the Santa Rosa, arrived in San Diego, and among those who got off the boat was a stowaway ... a dog described as a St. Bernard-Spaniel mix.

It's Our Responsibility

William E. White | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
William E. White

Who's responsible for instilling in our young people an appreciation for history and citizenship? Many of us -- teachers, educators, and members of the public alike -- are very concerned about the demise of social studies.

PHOTOS: 15 Greatest Americans Of The 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Peter Dreier

I've pulled out 15 people who represent the most influential progressives of the last century and provided short summaries about their lives and legacies.

The Last of Her Breed -- Elbys Onea Naiche Hugar

Jay Tavare | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Jay Tavare

Elbys Onea Naiche Hugar was the last of her breed. In her crackling sweet voice that commanded attention, she told me that she was the last of her generation. All of her close family members had passed away, so she was the only one left.

The Politics of Power and the Precious Right to Vote

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This year, let's all be alert. Be active. Use your power as one citizen and vote. Don't let anyone take it away from you. Let's mount an urgent and systematic state-by-state fight against the latest kinds of disenfranchisement.

A Spiritual Declaration Of Independence From Hate

Jason Van Boom | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Jason Van Boom

How people celebrate their birthdays tells us much about them. This is true not only of individuals, but even more so of countries. So, as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of our founding, it's an appropriate time to reflect.

The Day After the Fourth of July

Mike Lux | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

The incredible courage of our founding fathers remains a wonder to those of us living today. But what matters even more is what they did the day after they took the vote in favor of the Declaration of Independence, and every day after.

Liberals Should Not Criticize Obama? The Historical Record Says They Should

Sam Walker | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Sam Walker

Hold our tongues if we think Obama is off-course? The historical record tell us to speak out -- forcefully.

The Department of Reinvention: Communication, Compassion and Future Visions

Russell C. Smith | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Russell C. Smith

It's time to stop pretending the same dead-end solutions will solve problems in the digital age.

Colleges Founded Before The American Revolution

Posted 07.05.2012 | College

By the time of the American revolution, there were already multiple colleges up and running....

America: You Are All Heart

Leslie Griffith | Posted 09.03.2012 | Home
Leslie Griffith

On this glorious nation's birthday, then as now, we are growing, expanding and reaching for unexplored ways to navigate new complexities. We are more diverse than ever and more in need of visionary thinkers to help us explore.

Kevin Burra

10 Gay American Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Kevin Burra | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This Fourth of July, as you're munching on hot dogs, launching fireworks and wondering if you took it just a little too far with your flag-themed outf...

The Tea Party's 1776 Shtick: History Mangled

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Sam Pizzigati

The patriots of 1776 didn't stage a revolution to keep government small. They revolted to keep their America relatively equal.

What, to a Novelist, Is the 4th of July?

Lois Leveen | Posted 09.02.2012 | Books
Lois Leveen

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a novel inspired by a real-life hero who risked her own liberty to ensure America finally made real the ideals illuminated in the Declaration of Independence?

Teacher Bashing

William E. White | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
William E. White

I am fed up with teacher-bashing. It seems everyone is willing to belittle teachers. But these same critics are not willing to step forward and do the job themselves.

'Land of the Free?' Francis Scott Key, Composer of National Anthem, Was Defender of Slavery

Jefferson Morley | Posted 07.03.2012 | DC
Jefferson Morley

Francis Scott Key, the Washington lawyer and poet who wrote the "Star Spangled Banner," is the most unknown famous person in American history. What does Key's forgotten story mean as the 200th anniversary of his most famous work approaches?

What Was America's First Marriage Tradition?

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

What I found actually contradicts both proponents and critics of the notion of "traditional marriage." In fact, the only people who practice America's first marriage tradition are often the butts of jokes today.

On Independence Day, Also Remember Thomas Jefferson's Betrayal

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Bill Moyers

Enjoy the fireworks and flags, the barbecues and bargain sales. But hold this thought as well: that behind this Fourth of July holiday are human beings who were as flawed and conflicted as they were inspired. If they were to look upon us today, they most likely would think how much remains to be done.

Dark Twists of Researching the Civil War

Marty Steffens | Posted 08.21.2012 | College
Marty Steffens

Researching the Civil War leads us down a lot of very dark alleys. Little did I know that researching wartime scarcity of paper for a forthcoming book would lead me to the subject of Southern starvation and the image of stewed kittens.

Rededicate Yourself to the Republic

William E. White | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
William E. White

As you, your children, your family, your friends, and your colleagues prepare for the Fourth of July this year, make it a learning experience. Read the Declaration of Independence from beginning to end -- every word. Read it aloud. Read a book about American history.

Live-Streamed Civil War Seminar -- Creating Education That Is Accessible to All

Larry Velvel | Posted 08.15.2012 | College
Larry Velvel

The high cost of both legal and undergraduate education is, justly, a hot button topic right now, and in my opinion, far too little is being done to ensure that every American has access to the remarkable educational opportunities this country has to offer.