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American History

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.

Since '45 - Extended Film Project

Michael Korolenko | Posted 04.25.2012 | Home
Michael Korolenko

"Since '45" presented a personal retrospective record of the years 1945 through 1979 of American cultural history and its relationship with modern media -- how it reports, portrays, impacts, and, in some cases, influences events.

Rufus Buck's Anti-Black History Month History Lesson

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 04.21.2012 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

The Rufus Buck gang were neither saints, nor victims. But they are part of our history -- the part we foolishly agree to ignore because it does not fit the normative view of who we ought to be.

PHOTOS: 50 States, 50 Presidential Sites

Lonely Planet | Posted 04.21.2012 | Travel
Lonely Planet

Most folks go see a movie or spend another day on the ski slopes for Presidents Day. But there's least one worthy presidential thing to do in every state of the US.

Social Media of the American Revolutionary War

Todd Andrlik | Posted 04.13.2012 | Media
Todd Andrlik

Just as social media is helping to ignite and organize the Arab Spring, printed newspapers fanned the flames of rebellion in colonial America, provided critical correspondence during the Revolutionary War.

PHOTOS: Underground Railroad B&Bs Offer A Cozy Look At Raw History

Andrew Burmon | Posted 02.08.2012 | Travel

The book case in the plush room upstairs still opens into a secret passage, but the spot where slaves fled through a trap door is now occupied by a ja...

PHOTOS: SEALAB And The Race To ‘Inner Space'

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 04.03.2012 | Travel
Ben Hellwarth

Back in the 1960s, it looked as though the space race might be matched by a race in the opposite direction.

Wallenberg: Not Only a Hero but a Unifier

Ezra Friedlander | Posted 03.25.2012 | Impact
Ezra Friedlander

For many, Raoul Wallenberg is a few pages in a history book; for us the children and grandchildren of those that he saved, Raoul Wallenberg is the reason that we were able to once again believe in humanity.

A True Red Tails Tale: The Story of a Living Tuskegee Airman

Erin Harper | Posted 03.21.2012 | Black Voices
Erin Harper

My Great Uncle Joe was one of the first Tuskegee Airmen. This major piece of family and American history was something I often took for granted. I decided that it was my responsibility to learn much more before seeing Red Tails.

"You Don't Own Frederick Douglass"

Alan Singer | Posted 03.11.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

I believe that it is okay for historians to disagree without getting nasty with each other, and that our disagreements are an essential part of making meaning out of the past.

I'll Be Home for Christmas -- Marines in WWII

Beth Crumley | Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact
Beth Crumley

This year, as we gather with friends and family to enjoy the traditions we hold dear, stop and remember those who have spent their Christmases away from their loved ones, in service to this country.

Surprise - It's Bill of Rights Day

Chris Bliss | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Chris Bliss

Two hundred twenty years ago today, on December 15, 1791, something happened that changed history forever. Virginia ratified the Bill of Rights, which, as the 10th state to do so, made it part of the Constitution.

The Reason We Have Thanksgiving? A Woman

Rebecca Price | Posted 01.22.2012 | Women
Rebecca Price

She was the Oprah of the 19th century. And for 17 years, Sarah Josepha Hale wrote five sitting Presidents to advocate for a national day of Thanksgiving.