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Memorial Day: Correcting the Story of World War I Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Henry Johnson

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices
Megan Smolenyak

Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin are being awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama at a White House ceremony for their heroics in World War I. Not surprisingly, a fair bit of information about both soldiers can be found online, and while personal details about Sgt. Shemin are mostly accurate, Sgt. Johnson's are frequently distorted.

Why Healthy Needs To Be The New Skinny in The Fashion World

Uloop | Posted 05.21.2015 | College

Although they may not look like the everyday woman, they promote an attainable form of beauty that can be achieved through a healthy lifestyle.

Presidents and I

Richard Abrons | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Richard Abrons

In 1940 Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran for a third term against Wendell Wilkie. My father took me, a very politically aware 14-year-old, to a political...

Racial Unrest Today Has Roots in Our Intertwined Genealogical Ties to Slavery

Marty Favor | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Marty Favor

A comparison between actor Ben Affleck's apology and the Baltimore unrest might seem trivial to some, but it actually speaks to why we need to embrace our complex pasts. Selectively editing our backgrounds is a symptom of a larger inability of Americans of all races to honestly assess our history.

The Most Intense Old-School Absinthe Accessories in Existence | Posted 05.19.2015 | Taste

Absinthe may never reach the same level of popularity it enjoyed in the 19th century. By the end of that century, emerald fever spread throughout Euro...

The History of Moonshine, as Told by the Internet | Posted 05.19.2015 | Taste

Moonshine goes by many names: hooch; white lightning; corn likker; mountain dew; white whiskey. The illicit stuff has been around long enough to tak...

As We Reflect on VE-day, Beware the Sin of Omission

Nicholas Nazar | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Nicholas Nazar

As we remember those who gave their all to ensure our freedoms and liberties, let us also guard against clever appropriations of the memory of blood and sacrifice for political ends.

Find Out if You've Lost the Awe in Shock Value

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.15.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Watching the news these days is like watching a long-running soap opera. You can tune out for years, check back and discover that your favorite character is still dying or still having that baby.

National Women's History Museum

Connie Lawn | Posted 05.15.2015 | DC
Connie Lawn

There may be a women's history museum on the Washington Mall, if some powerful and generous people have their way.

Eco-Friendly Museums With More Than History to Admire

Culture-ist | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green

By Chelsea Stuart We all know that museums are dedicated to the preservation of history, art and culture, but what about the environment? While the...

The Moment of Impact

Mackenzie Long | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Mackenzie Long

We are rioting in the streets, protesting for the same injustices that have plagued our nation for far too long. We are watching on the news, images of our brothers and sisters, friends and countrymen who do not stand alone in their need to be heard, their need to be answered.

A Novel Solution to America's 'History Deficit'

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

But when you go beyond such video anecdotes and learn how much or how little Americans generally know about our own past, you'll probably stop laughing.

Coming to Terms With the Past, as a Citizen, a Writer and a Human Being

Boria Sax | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Boria Sax

"Vergangenheitsbewἄltigung" literally means "overpowering the past," and that is a thing that we can never do. Why even bother to come to terms with it? Why not simply forget the past, as, indeed, many people today appear to have done?

Top Hip-Hop Artist Brings Awareness to the Killing Fields

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Lauren Kruczyk

With lyrics in Khmer and English and a focus on Killing Fields era legacies, Khmer American rapper praCh Ly's first album, Dalama, was not only credited with introducing hip-hop to Cambodia--it introduced this history to a new generation largely unaware of its genocidal past.

Five Special Spots to Sleep in an Italian Vineyard

Eleanor Shannon | Posted 05.12.2015 | Travel
Eleanor Shannon

Finding a resort in an Italian vineyard is as easy as going on TripAdvisor. But finding a vineyard stay that gives you full immersion in culture, history, tradition and organic, artisan wine is something else.

The Madeira Film Festival: Cinema Paraíso

Ari Ratner | Posted 05.11.2015 | Arts
Ari Ratner

The international film scene is dotted with a series of spectacular events -- from the glitz of Cannes to the slopes of Sundance to Toronto and Tribeca -- to more intimate festivals everywhere from Sarajevo to Missoula, Montana.

Shocking History of Mother's Day

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

It might fill up your mind with images of hand-drawn cards from kids, cut-out crafts from school, card aisles lined with pink, and families celebrating the moms in their lives over flowered table tops full of food.

"Tell Me About the South ... at Seventy-Five Miles an Hour"

Ross Baird | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Ross Baird

I grew up in the South -- was born and raised in Atlanta -- and, to paraphrase William Faulkner, in the South, the past isn't dead -- it's not even past. This week, though, I'll be on a bus tour of the South that is bridging past and future.

Mother's Day Reads: Eight Great Mother Characters in Literature

Allison Pataki | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Allison Pataki

In honor of those real-life female figures in your own lives, why don't you consider picking up a book featuring a rich and inspiring mother figure?

Baltimore and America's Civil Rights Story

Carolyn Dupont | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices
Carolyn Dupont

How does civil rights history help us think about Baltimore? Above all, it should frame recent events in the city in an unfolding, ongoing and still incomplete narrative of struggle.

What Should You Look For In A Vintage Car?

Quora | Posted 05.05.2015 | Technology

DO NOT buy a vintage car assuming it will be a easy to buy, easy to keep in good repair, and many other things.

Beneath the Debate of the Washington 'Redskins' Name is an Underlying Truth: The Vast Majority of Americans Have a Limited -- and Often Mistaken -- Understanding of Native American History

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
National Museum of the American Indian

The controversy surrounding the Washington football team name is in some ways a bellwether. Americans do not know enough about our shared history even to be properly offended at the lack of an inclusive narrative that illuminates the history of this continent in all of its complexity.

"Are You Jewish?": Judaism and the Future of Faith

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

On my way to visit my student pulpit in Ohio several years ago, I helped a man dressed in traditional Hasidic garb with his luggage. After thanking me politely, he turned to me and asked, "Are you Jewish?"

The Civil War's Forgotten Battlefield

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 05.04.2015 | Travel
Mark Yzaguirre

In many ways, the Battle of Palmito Ranch was a minor battle over the much larger issues that would define the political terms in North America in the middle of the 19th Century.

Why Does the Engagement Ring Have More Bling Than the Wedding Ring?

Quora | Posted 05.04.2015 | Weddings

Before the 20th century, only the wealthiest of the wealthy could afford diamond rings. One of the first recorded examples of a diamond ring was in 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave one to Mary of Burgundy. After that point, diamond engagement rings became a symbol of wealth and prosperity, and accordingly, limited to the furthest arches of the upper class.