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How Much Do Americans REALLY Know About Thanksgiving?

Shira Lazar | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and you're probably about to eat a lot of food with your family and then fall asleep on the couch while watching football -- but do you really know what this holiday is all about?

Woodrow Wilson and the Difficulty of History

Byron Williams | Posted 11.26.2015 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

How do we negotiate history? The aforementioned question is at the heart of the debate between students at Princeton University and the administration about the role of the nation's 28th president, Woodrow Wilson.

Here's How This Guy Took A Pioneering Selfie In 1935

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.24.2015 | Technology

Instagram and iPhones weren't around when this man wanted to snap a selfie in 1935, but he made it happen with just a film camera and some string. Red...

Baur Au Lac Zurich Switzerland: LuxEcoLiving's Best Hotels in the World

LuxEco Living | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
LuxEco Living

By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World Zurich Switzerland Hotel Baur Au Lac is credited for having been ...

History Was Made At The 2015 Victoria Secret Fashion Show, With One Natural Touch

Melissa Mushaka | Posted 11.23.2015 | Style
Melissa Mushaka

MARIA BORGES is the definition of a true angel on and off the runway. With three Victoria Secret Fashion shows under her wings, Borges made history w...

In The 'Hour Late'

Jon Horford | Posted 11.23.2015 | Arts
Jon Horford

As human beings, it is difficult for us to grasp the concept of time. It always feels like we will have tomorrow until it is too late. We put love off for future dates, fully confident that we can spend more hours together and be more loving later; blinding ourselves to the fact that life is unpredictable and mostly out of our control.

When Frustration Hits, Ask Yourself This

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

It's not in my nature to take a pause for something when I'm dedicated to getting it done a certain way. But what I know is that stopping and asking myself if there might be an easier way is worth the potential time and energy I would save.

Good News (or World in Perspective)

Andre Averbug | Posted 11.23.2015 | Good News
Andre Averbug

Battle between Mongol and Chinese armies, 1211, from Jami' al-tawarikh by Rashid al-Din (Bahatur). Let's turn off the TV for a second and get some pe...

History and Rehabilitation in China: A Vigorous Little Man Who Helped Shake a Nation

Jim Laurie | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Jim Laurie

I first met him at the Great Hall of the People in 1982. "Met" is the wrong word. Encountered is better. He was waiting for a visiting foreign dignitary. I was on the other side of a red rope with a gaggle of other reporters. But I could see that he was different from other Chinese leaders.

Woodrow Wilson, Princeton University, and the Battles We Choose to Fight

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

I don't really care one way or the other whether Princeton erases Woodrow Wilson from its history - except to the extent that such an action would inevitably invite an endless array of similar claims that would both fundamentally distort the realities of our history and distract attention from the real issues of deeply-rooted injustice in our contemporary society that we need to take seriously today.

Five Ways the JFK Assassination Changed the World

Garry Rodgers | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Garry Rodgers

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, 52 years ago. JFK's murder on November 22, 1963, might be the most significant, singular event that shaped modern history.

Top Spots to Travel Back in Time in the Tawases

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 11.19.2015 | Travel
Lisa Carpenter

Tawas City and East Tawas -- "the Tawases" -- are picturesque sister communities on the east coast of Michigan. The quaint area on the shores of Lake Huron's Tawas Bay offers fun and sea and sand to both the residents and year-round visitors.

Extinguishing Liberty's Flame on Refugees

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Emma Lazarus, who's proud and shinning words stand indelibly inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, would weep in sorrow and shame if she were with us today as an ever increasing number of our political "leaders" and citizens call for the United States to extinguish the flame of liberty on Middle Eastern refugees of war.

Laments for My Native Paris: What Motivates Acts Of Horror?

Patrick Beretta | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Patrick Beretta

What is the motivation of this kind of horror? You cannot dismiss the stated motivations of the killers which in the Paris attack are religious and associated with a radical branch of Islam.

Review: Sarah Vowell Is Great -- But a Little Goes a Long Way

The National Book Review | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Don't get me wrong. I like Sarah Vowell. But her new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, is something of a puzzle. Vowell's funny. She's smart, quick, and clever. If you've heard her on "This American Life," you'll know she's a sound artist -- working her antic way through the great collection of words left, boxed up, in history's archives.

Hey Millennials! How Will Our History Read?

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 11.19.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

History will be written, and instead of arguing amongst each other about what side of history we stand on, it is better to stand for making sure future generations only have to expand progress instead of inheriting current issues as they are.

Why Feminism Still Needs To Be Called Feminism

Bustle | Posted 11.19.2015 | Women

If people really want a word that's all about fighting for the rights of women in the world, "feminism" is the best we've got, and there are good historical reasons as to why.

Veterans: California Desert National Monuments Would Protect WWII History and National Heritage

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 11.18.2015 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

When American troops were called on to join the greatest global conflict the world has ever seen, WWII, there was a need to train new tank units under...

Don't Believe the Hype: Charlie Sheen and the Science of HIV Transmission

Jim Downs | Posted 11.18.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

Claiming that Sheen, Hollywood's notorious bad boy, contracted the virus because of sex with many partners only confirms stereotypes about the epidemic that began over three decades ago.

The Conversation About Race Is Missing the Larger Issue

Sheril Antonio | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sheril Antonio

Even when we earnestly discuss race, usually in the context of yet another revelatory event, we are still avoiding the larger issue, which is rooted in the profound lack of education and consistent access to a complete version of our country's history.

Information Might Want to Be Free, But That Doesn't Make it Easy

Dan Rockmore | Posted 11.18.2015 | Technology
Dan Rockmore

It is not uncommon that we no longer possess or have easy access to the technologies able to read the media on which the artist's or writer's work resides. These kinds of concerns are part of efforts to archive operating systems.

In The 'Hour Late'

Jon Horford | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts
Jon Horford

A weekly blog intended to share and preserve the most valued life lessons from the minds of the most experienced among us. The "hour late" represents the later stages of life. I will be speaking with people in their 70's and older, to find out what they think is important and worth passing on to future generations.

Population Education for the 21st Century Classroom

John Seager | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
John Seager

Since the dawn of the 21st century, technology has revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives -- from shopping to traveling, and the way we keep ...

Knock Knock. Who Is it? Freedom.

Greg White | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Greg White

Last night there was a knock on my door. As first, it startled me. I guess I'm as jumpy as everyone else right now. But it's my own door; of course I'm answering. When I feel fearful, I remind myself that I was a Sgt. in the U.S. Marine Corps. Plus I live in a secured building.

Ben Carson's Not the First Politician to Draw Ridiculous Parallels to Slavery

Ethan J. Kytle | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Ethan J. Kytle

These slavery analogies betray a profound indifference to, if not ignorance of, the tragic plight of bondsmen and women. Yet Americans--from Patriots and Loyalists during the Revolution to Ben Carson today--have felt comfortable likening human bondage to high taxes, unjust laws, black enfranchisement, or, in Carson's case, national healthcare and abortion.