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American History

'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.

Officials Seek Help Solving Civil War Mystery

Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics

STEVE SZKOTAK, The Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. -- The names of the two little girls are an enduring mystery, their images found among crumpled b...

The Elusive American Experience

Nathan Chen | Posted 07.11.2012 | Teen
Nathan Chen

The American experience is the pursuit of personal freedom -- a free and just life without oppression or prejudice. Personal freedom is what we, as Americans, have been fighting for.

STHEM, Not STEM

William E. White | Posted 08.05.2012 | Education
William E. White

Our students must understand that education is not about preparing them just for the workforce. Education should prepare them to be citizens of their communities, their states, and the nation.

How Many Languages Does a Typical United States President Know?

Quora | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Nick Bhardwaj, VP of Monetization at NaturalMotion I am going to assume we are talking about being f...

How Would History Have Been Different if Richard Nixon Had Won the 1960 Presidential Election?

Quora | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Quora

An interesting question for sure! This is the stuff that comes to mind, in no real order -- but really, after '76 all bets are off.

Anarchists, Cops, the Super Rich -- It's New York 100 Years Ago

Rick Ayers | Posted 07.22.2012 | Books
Rick Ayers

In More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York's Year of Anarchy, many will find parallels to the current social crises, from the upheavals of Occupy Wall Street to the manipulations of the super rich.

Education in America Serves No Purpose Today

William E. White | Posted 07.21.2012 | Education
William E. White

Americans have forgotten the reason why we educate children in America. As a result our children, schools, communities, and the nation are suffering.

Phil Collins Remembers the Alamo in Beautiful New Book

Holly Cara Price | Posted 07.10.2012 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Odds are, the word that pops into your mind when I mention Phil Collins is probably something like "Sussudio." It's highly unlikely that the first word you'd think of would be "Alamo," but that's about to change.

Obama's Historic Change of Heart on Marriage Equality

Warren Goldstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren Goldstein

Just now, I think we're in "history-making" territory. Not because of Obama's own "evolution," but because of what his announcement says about the organizing power of the LGBTQ community over the past 20 years.

Revolutionary Nation

William E. White | Posted 07.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

Citizens must explore these American history stories to understand our revolutionary ideals and how those ideals help us understand our responsibility as 21st-century citizens of the American republic.

Civic Illiteracy: A Threat to the American Dream

Michael Ford | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Michael Ford

The effects of civic illiteracy take their toll over time, and while Americans are almost defiantly indifferent about their lack of civic understanding, the consequences to our basic rights and freedoms and the general health of our republic could be dire.

Lessons From Chancellorsville

William McGrath | Posted 06.21.2012 | Politics
William McGrath

As I watch America become more polarized, I worry that a balanced approach to the biggest problems of our generation will elude us as a country. I worry the lessons of Chancellorsville will be lost, and the battle lines will be drawn again.

Librarian Finds Rare Paul Revere Print Tucked In Book

Posted 04.12.2012 | Arts

The perks of being a librarian grow every day. You are surrounded by books, get to shush people when they get rowdy, and you are in the perfect positi...

Bringing the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement Into 21st Century Classrooms

Charlayne Hunter-Gault | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Charlayne Hunter-Gault

How do we encourage young people at home and abroad, in South Africa and now those young people heavily invested in the as yet unsettled Arab Spring, to "keep on keepin' on," as the footsoldiers of the Civil Rights Movement used to pledge?

Rick Santorum's Wildly False Claim About California Schools

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.03.2012 | College

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum claimed on Monday that most public universities in the University of California system do not offer American hist...

Are You Decent?

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.26.2012 | Impact
Sarah O'Leary

I learned long ago not to use God to justify my actions, to act like I'm superior to anyone else, or to rationalize my false need to control the lives of my fellow man and woman. Instead, I try my level best to cultivate my decency, and pray for other Americans to do the same.

Fidel Castro Had Prior Knowledge Of JFK Assassination, New Book Claims

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

A new book by a former CIA analyst provides evidence that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro may have had prior knowledge of President John F. Kennedy’s as...

Newt's Latest Declaration of Independence From Reality

William K. Black | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
William K. Black

Gingrich's historical argument rests on a non-existent provision in the Declaration of Independence that he claims was designed to protect non-existent banks from regulation.

Black History Is American History, All Year Round

Teach Plus | Posted 04.29.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Meaningful discussions about black history, women's history -- indeed, all histories -- should not come and go with the passing of the calendar.