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We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

The Surprising History and Future of Boob Job Fever

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 09.18.2014 | Style
Nikki Gloudeman

As a feminist, I've always felt deeply conflicted about the whole boob job thing. On one hand, it's both sad and ridiculous that women feel compelled to pay thousands and undergo surgery to attain an ostensibly "more desirable" body.

Visiting the Waterfront Bar and Grill in San Diego

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 09.17.2014 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

You walk into the place and somehow just feel at home. It's a dive bar for sure -- stickers cover the wall behind the beer taps and bric-a-brac is everywhere -- but for some reason you can easily spend an entire day here.

Genocide Education: California Senate Bill 1380

Mike Spradley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Spradley

In my own family I assumed I'd heard all the tales of heroism or of those who became part of American and global history. With deep regret I missed t...

In Celebration of Our National Anthem's Bicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The War of 1812 didn't gain America much, as a country. It didn't address the complaints that led the Americans to declare war in the first place. We didn't conquer Canada. But we did gain a certain amount of what can be called our "national identity" after the war. Right at the heart of this was a new patriotic (and popular) song.

Why the 'We Can't Teach About LGBT History for Religious Reasons' Argument Makes No Sense Whatsoever

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

As a history teacher, I cherish history and know the importance of all people's history. However, when it comes to teaching LGBT history, many so-called religious people always pull out the religious card.

Even First Ladies Have to Deal With Red Tape

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.12.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

With the Ken Burns docu-series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History airing shortly on PBS, this seems a good time to share a snippet of their family history. Specifically, the pages that follow are excerpts from Edith Kermit Roosevelt's file regarding a widow's pension for the service of her husband, Theodore Roosevelt.

Here's What Marriage Advice Looked Like In 1893

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 09.11.2014 | Weddings

It's not uncommon that as we get older, friends and family start doling out advice for our future (sometimes hypothetical) marriages. "Find a man that...

Why California Has to Enter the 21st Century With Its Standards

Murali Balaji | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Murali Balaji

California has long been a leader in education. It's time for its standards to catch up to its reputation.

Big History: Why We Fail to See Life as Life Sees Itself

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

My assumptions about history began to change 13 years ago. I was teaching a class called Media, Stereotyping and Violence when the tragic events of 9/11 overtook our lives. In the days that followed, my students and I confronted a question: Is all this violence inevitable?

The Ghosts of Restaurants Past

Karl Wilder | Posted 09.11.2014 | Taste
Karl Wilder

It was once the hottest reservation in town, filled with celebrities both before and after the theater.

"Big Wheel Keep on Turnin'": Slavery, Capitalism, and The Economist

Jim Downs | Posted 09.10.2014 | Books
Jim Downs

The brouhaha surrounding Bapitst's book, nevertheless, offers an opportunity to consider what is at stake in this allegedly new move to consider the history of capitalism in the context of slavery.

How the Middle Ages Really Were

Quora | Posted 09.08.2014 | Weird News
Quora

What are examples of things that are "common knowledge" about history that historians almost universally consider incorrect?

September 11, 2001

Vicki Cobb | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Two days after September, 11, 2001, still dazed and in grief, I wrote a poem for children, trying to make sense of the horrific events we had witnessed.

Ideally, A Journalist...

Carol Smaldino | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

Ideally, journalists attempt to bring us the truth. And we will value their lives and contributions fully, as fully as we can, if we attempt to not only value their having lived, or even avenge their deaths.

Remembering Katrina and Surviving the Loss of Everything

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

The sudden sweep of a natural or personal disaster can happen at any time causing loss of life as well as treasured property and possessions. Ancient physician Galen reminds us that resiliency should not be left to chance.

The Top 7 Overlooked Historical Landmarks in New York City

Erik Seide | Posted 08.29.2014 | New York
Erik Seide

To most visitors and native New Yorkers, the city's past is told primarily through its modern icons like the Empire State Building or through its famous museums that focus more on world history than telling the tales of New York's past.

Looking Back At America's Changing Opinions On Unions

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

On May 14, 1882, unionized workers in New York City held a parade and picnic, and the seeds of the Labor Day holiday were planted. About 50 years late...

Lessons In Music And In Life From A Grandfather

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.01.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Paul was just the kind of grandfather a little girl wants. The goofy jokes, the songs sung to me, the big, strong paw of a hand gentle on my arm. When he and my grandmother retired to Florida, we would spend every vacation with them, and he would sit on the terrace for hours after dinner with a glass (or two, or more) of wine, looking out at the ocean.

History Repeats Itself and the World Remains Silent

Jonathan Biron | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Jonathan Biron

The battle against anti-Semitism is a human and moral one. It should unite all those who seek peace and equality in the world. The battle against anti-Semitism is about human rights and democracy.

Small College Captured Spirit of the Marshall Plan

William Lambers | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

We know that the strength and spirit of the Greatest Generation is with us. We know it can be summoned again during these dark times.

Seeing the Humanity of "The Other"

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

We see and hear stories about the first days of school, school shopping, the buying of books, and the concern, hope, and joy, for those in preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college

Summering in Scandinavia: Heat Things Up in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Oyster | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
Oyster

There is more to these Northern European countries than meets the eye -- and it's not all winter and chill.

My First Flight With the Wright Brothers Was Terrible

Oren Mendez | Posted 08.26.2014 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

Another awful thing about this whole flight was the food. I know you shouldn't expect too much from airline food, but this was abysmal. Wilbur's girlfriend at the time made some soup, which was not a good choice for an open air flight.

In 1864 Maryland, Confusion Over Emancipaton Made Slaves Interpreters of Law

Martha S. Jones | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Martha S. Jones

In the midst of the Civil War, who was a slave and who was free? When African Americans in Maryland asked this question 150 years ago, in August 1864, they engaged in a sophisticated analysis.