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United Is Far From Our National Heritage

Murray Forseter | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Hardly any politician does not extol his or her commitment to unifying the country while lamenting, sometimes in extraordinarily harsh language, the divisive nature of his or her opponent.

Daveed Diggs Isn't Cutting His Hair, So 'Hamilton' Fans Can Sleep Soundly Tonight

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.14.2016 | Arts

If you, like any other fervently dedicated “Hamilton” fan, have been feeling a sense of impending doom ever since Lin-Manuel Miranda left Broadway...

A Fire Bell In The Night

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The horrors of the past few days in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas ring across America like the "fire bell in the night" that Thomas Jefferson said "awakened and filled [him] with terror" in 1820.

Broken American Institutions At 240. But How About A New American Republic At 250?

Tad Daley | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Tad Daley

Perhaps the time has come to launch a modern 21st century conversation, ten years long, about our election procedures, our governing mechanisms, and the 18th century constitutional structures bequeathed to us by our founders.

Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness At Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Julee Morrison | Posted 07.06.2016 | Travel
Julee Morrison

There's an iconic house, on a little hill, in the center of the state of Virginia. A place where history was made, tragedy struck and triumph prevaile...

Americans: 'Our Crown Jewel National Park System Worth $92 BILLION to Us!'

Audrey Peterman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Green
Audrey Peterman

Let us demand of Congress that they allocate the budget required by the Park Service to appropriately care for our Crown Jewels.

The Surprising Facts Of Independence Day

Joel Peterson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Joel Peterson

One seemingly mythic fact is surprisingly true: both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day -- July 4th, 1826 -- the 50th anniversary of Dunlop's dating and printing of The Declaration of Independence.

Media Objectivity Is Illusive: It Cuts Many Ways

Rich Rubino | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

It has become conventional belief that the media is supposed to be objective. Yet objectivity is unattainable. By choosing which part of a story to emphasize, which sources to use, and the order of the stories, media organizations exhibit bias.

Love of Country, Love of Education

L. Jay Lemons | Posted 06.23.2016 | College
L. Jay Lemons

David Brooks, writing eloquently in the New York Times, mused on the idea of big loves and little loves in a recent Memorial Day column. It resonated ...

If History Had Twitter...

Robyn Faith Walsh | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Robyn Faith Walsh

Hipster Greek Statues courtesy of BuzzFeed Setting aside all precedence of logic, spelling, and grammar, Donald Trump has waged his political campaig...

Cargo Pants, Who Invented the Computer and Other Noteworthy Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 06.08.2016 | Media
Tom Alderman

Cargo pants can be hazardous to your life. Once the go-to pants for men who don't carry purses -- cargo pants are a problem for a growing segment of boomers and geezers.

Frederick Douglas Schools Thomas Jefferson In This 'Epic Rap Battle'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.03.2016 | Black Voices

Frederick Douglass and Thomas Jefferson go head-to-head in the latest edition of "Epic Rap Battles of History," posted on YouTube Monday. The former p...

The 11 Most Racist U.S. Presidents

Ibram X. Kendi | Posted 05.27.2016 | Black Voices
Ibram X. Kendi

He certainly would face a substantial amount of competition on the racist front. There have been many frightfully racist U.S. presidents in American history. Here are the 11 most racist U.S. presidents of all time.

What Would George Washington Do?

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

What we observe today with Donald Trump as a nominee, and Mitch McConnell obstructing our Constitution by blocking Obama's candidate for the Supreme Court, is an echo of past times in which our country has seen the ugly side of ideological extremism.

Getting the Story Wrong: The Distortion of American Politics by the Press

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.06.2016 | Media
Lawrence Wittner

Ever since the founding of the American Republic, there has been both praise for and suspicion of the role the press plays in U.S. political life.

Get Peaceful and Courageous: Edit the Religious Texts as Jefferson Did

Sujantra McKeever | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Sujantra McKeever

"Nothing then is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man." --Thomas Jefferson I watch as modern man wages wars over the words in ...

Liberal Education in Tough Times

Michael Roth | Posted 05.04.2016 | College
Michael Roth

In today's climate of renewed economic anxiety, many are prompted to jettison this tradition of pragmatic liberal education. In search of short cuts to vocational success, they undermine students' ability to respond to changes in the economy by preparing them only for what is valued right now.

Make America Great Again, My Ass.

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

You may recognize Donald Trump's campaign slogan, Make America Great Again. But what he really means by reinvigorating xenophobia, racism, classism, a...

Political Parties are Under No Obligation to Operate Democratically

Rich Rubino | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Supporters of Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are flocking to local town hall meetings asking why their U.S. Representative or Senato...

Humility Is Underrated and the Founding Father's Knew It

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Peter Paskale

The values of the Founding Fathers are a GOP favorite, and Cruz and Trump are firm believers -- hence why they both continuously pillage from America's early presidents as a way to prove their constitutional purity.

Poet Perfectly Breaks Down The Erasure Of Black People In U.S. History

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 03.25.2016 | Black Voices

Poet Clint Smith III takes a critical look at the Founding Fathers' role in oppressing black people in his latest poem entitled "History Reconsidered....

Will the Confirmation Process Ever Get Beyond Politics?

James Heffernan | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
James Heffernan

I have news for Senator McConnell and his fellow Republican senators. When the American people re-elected Barack Obama as president in 2012, they authorized him to nominate anyone he chose to fill a vacancy on the court -- right up to his final day in office.

STEM vs. Liberal Education: A False Choice

Michael Roth | Posted 03.20.2016 | College
Michael Roth

Fears of being crushed by debt or of falling off the economic ladder are pressuring students to conform, and we must find ways to counteract these pressures or we risk undermining our scientific productivity as well as our broad cultural creativity.

Create Fixed Judicial Terms to Depoliticize Supreme Court Nominations

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Constitution gives the Senate the power to advise and consent. That body is empowered to say no as well as yes. And the most important qualification for office is philosophical. Put simply: Does the nominee believe the Constitution means anything apart from the jurists' personal preferences? If not, then the Senate should reject the nomination.

American Democracy: Progress and Relapse

David Morris | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
David Morris

In 1789 the franchise was restricted to white men, but not all white men. Only those possessing a minimum amount of property or paid taxes could vote. In 1800, just three states permitted white manhood suffrage-the right to vote-- without qualification.