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Remembering Howard Zinn: Power to the People's History

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

It was one year ago today -- January 27, 2010 -- that Howard Zinn died at the age of 85.

Dick Cheney's Heart Device Was Developed With Taxpayer Money

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The ingenious left ventricular assist device heart pump used by the former vice president was developed by the National Institutes of Health with taxpayer money.

SOTU: Like FDR, Obama Could Become Teacher-in-Chief

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0. Okay, Obama is no FDR -- at least not the FDR who placed himself "at the head of the urban and agrarian masses," as p...

Partisans Like Us: How History Polarized Our Politics

Alex Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Becker

I was bothered by Krugman's reliance on what has become the political left's go-to explanation for the perceived increase in Washington's partisan polarization over the past few decades.

Witness Heroes

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

I heard Martin Luther King's dream that hot day in August and was never the same. Growing up in the civil rights era without being able to participate as a young child felt like a reed being buffeted by the wind.

The Constitution Did Not Condone Slavery

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

The idea that our Constitution "condoned" slavery and was therefore an immoral document unworthy of being viewed with reverence is a stock liberal claim. It is false.

Singles Bonding Over Food and Friendship: Cooking Club, Year 39

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bella DePaulo

If you love food, friends, and camaraderie, and if you would like to hear the story of a club for singles that has nothing to do with dating and has l...

Alexander Hamilton's Religion: A Temperate Example For Today's Fractured World

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Which Hamilton -- the pious Christian, the deist, the skeptic, the religious free-marketeer -- would pass judgment on the secular/religious debates of contemporary America?

HISTORIC ART: Magna Carta Comes To LACMA During BritWeek

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Four years ahead of its 800th anniversary, the Magna Carta is coming to Los Angeles. From April 26 to May 11, this aged piece of parchment will resid...

South Carolina's Secession at 150

Manisha Sinha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Manisha Sinha

Long before Tea Party activists and other sundry conservatives detected the ghost of socialism in health care reform and financial regulation legislation, proslavery theorists argued that abolition was akin to socialism.

A Pardon 150 Years Late: Wrongfully Executed Dakota Indian Could Be Cleared

New York Times | ROBERT K. ELDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

MANKATO, Minn. -- On Dec. 26, 1862, thirty-eight doomed Dakota Indians wailed and danced atop the gallows, waiting for the trapdoors to drop beneath t...

A Politically-Polarized Sesquicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we are indeed currently politically divided and somewhat polarized, this is actually our normal state as a nation -- and on the polarization scale, we're nowhere near the "most divided" we've ever been. Far from it.

President Obama Should Have Fought This One

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Obama has again bent to the economic philosophy that rewards the casino gamblers on Wall Street and leaves the majority of the country standing outside the casino with a tin cup -- hoping that the gamblers are at least big tippers.

What To Do About the Civil War?

Maureen Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

Warning to teachers: We have four years ahead in which our students will be bombarded by lies, omissions and wishful thinking about the Civil War. Our job is to tell them the truth.

The Myth of Thanksgiving and the Legacy of Manifest Destiny

Aaron Huey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Aaron Huey


Will Kanye Be Relevant In 2060?

Charlie Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Charlie Alderman

He's not the best rapper or even the most dynamic, but Kanye West is a pop music innovator. I don't know about you, but I want to hear "Good Life" at my son's Bar Mitzvah.

PHOTOS: 9 Most Historic Cities In America

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

In light of Thanksgiving being days away, here at the Huffington Post we thought a look at some of the most historic cities in America might get us in...

6 Million African Americans And The U.S. Immigration Story

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Between 1915 and 1970, 6 million African Americans left the only homes they'd known in the American South in search of better lives and opportunities ...

The Mint Cleaner Is an Impressive Little Device

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

I have been using the Mint Cleaner for a few weeks and I am very impressed with this little guy. It does not vacuum -- which I thought I would have an issue with -- so it is very quiet.

Scottsboro: The Musical and the Myth

Ellen Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ellen Feldman

2010-11-15-scottsboro1.jpgThe word Scottsboro has become iconic in American lore. Everyone knows it stands for a terrible racial injustice, but these days few know the details of the incident or its long aftermath.

Taking Comfort in the Zig-Zagging of American History

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Like most everybody else on my side of the aisle, I've been casting around for ways to make sense of the midterm debacle. I regained some crucial pe...

Stage Door: The Scottsboro Boys, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

By cleverly employing the minstrel format, The Scottsboro Boys charts a notorious miscarriage of justice in the Jim Crow South.

How the Past Changes When It's Seen Through a Child's Eyes

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Louise Mirrer

Think for a moment about a young boy in 1870s New York, born into an impoverished immigrant family, who is swept up in the movement to take destitute ...

WATCH: Abraham Lincoln Is 'My Man,' 'Would Be The Most Incredible Boyfriend'

The Huffington Post | Sammy Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Stephen Colbert told author and illustrator Maira Kalman last night on his show, "I love this book because unlike a lot of the authors I have on the s...

The Occult In American History

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mitch Horowitz

The spirit of tolerance and openness that suffused esoteric movements in early America forged a bond between the occult and liberalism. This was especially true in the nineteenth-century movement of Spiritualism.