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Finding New Fathers

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.08.2015 | Entertainment
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Hamilton, written and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Thomas Kail, is the most breathtaking show of its kind that the world has seen in a long time. It ended its world premiere run at the Public on May 3, and is scheduled to open on Broadway on July 13.

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Shockingly Few Students Are Proficient In U.S. History

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

Which of these do the governments of Canada, France and Australia have in common: a) They are controlled by the military; b) They have constitutions t...

Real-Life Inspiration For Norman Rockwell's 'Rosie The Riveter' Dead At 92

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.23.2015 | Fifty

The model that inspired Norman Rockwell's famed "Rosie the Riveter" painting, Mary Doyle Keefe, died Tuesday at the age of 92. Keefe died in Simsbury,...

Fifty Shades of Whiteness

Jim Downs | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

Only Hollywood would turn sadomasochism, a complicated sexual performance, into a white college girl's extracurricular activity. And only whiteness would allow for the whipping to be seen as elective in a coming-of-age narrative rather than as unavoidable in the violent history of slavery.

The Book of Negroes: An American Story/History Still Matters!

Françoise N. Hamlin | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Françoise N. Hamlin

For those of us who research, write, and teach about the past for a living -- and for many others paying close attention -- the lack of attention given to The Book of Negroes tells a story as rich and troubling as the film itself.

'The Birth of a Nation': A Century Later

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

The first major box office hit charged a staggering $2 admission and reached 50 million people before sound films appeared in 1927. Its millions in profits built Hollywood. Beyond profits, it aimed to educate the public in the values of white supremacy.

Five Years After: Long Live Howard Zinn

Bill Bigelow | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

It's always worth dipping into the vast archive of Zinn scholarship, but at a moment of increasing social activism and global tension, now is an especially good time to remember some of Howard Zinn's wisdom.

'Last One in the Water Is the Mayor!'

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Byrd

We've come a long way. We have a long way to go. When we talk about history, let's not forget to include current events. Let's not forget that we are the history of the future. That's how we gather important intelligence. Just ask Mayor Edna Branch Jackson.

Maryland's Emancipation and the Homecoming of Frederick Douglass

Paul Kendrick | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Paul Kendrick

Frederick Douglass had escaped slavery 26 years before, but when Maryland ended slavery, it took him only 16 days to return to Baltimore.

Sanitizing History in the Name of Patriotism

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Dale Hansen

Conservative politicians across the country have spent much of the past few years attempting to remake public education in their image. This idea of presenting the U.S. as infallible has long been a conservative talking point but the reality is that patriotism is just conservative code for political correctness.

Gary Hart and Richard Nixon, Pt. 1

Ken Toltz | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Ken Toltz

As a 1974 high school junior, I couldn't envision that a day would come 10 years later where I would join Hart's initial 1984 insurgent presidential campaign challenging establishment candidate VP Walter Mondale.

Un-naming the Enslaved

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 11.16.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

In the collections of Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum is a large, leather-bound ledger. Old, unassuming, and rare, its now-faded pages document business transactions that took place almost 250 years ago

Power Drain

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The U.S. now stood alone. Initially, Washington was stunned. After all, as one observer put it, "the end of history" had been reached -- and there, amid the rubble of other systems and powers, lay an imperial version of liberal democracy and a capitalist system freed of even the thought of global competitors and constraints. Or so it seemed.

Baltimore's Star-Spangled Story

WHERE | Posted 11.08.2014 | Travel
WHERE

The sight that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what became the national anthem? A giant American flag above Baltimore's Fort McHenry on Sept. 14, 1814, signaling the city's rebuff of the mighty British navy during the War of 1812.

Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test? Take This Quiz!

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

The following questions were taken from the list of 100 civics questions. Admittedly, these are some of the harder ones. Could you pass?

The Surprising Drinking Habits Of Our Founding Fathers

The Daily Meal | Posted 09.03.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Aiding the framers through the birth of modern democracy was an astronomical amount of booze.

America Withdraws from the World

Josef Joffe | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Josef Joffe

America has gone through withdrawal phases before, usually after a great war: World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Some were longish, like the retreat between 1919 and the late 1930s. Some were brief, as after 1945, 1954 and 1975 (when the Vietnam War ended). In each case, war weariness translated into "Come home, America," as George McGovern famously proclaimed during the 1972 presidential campaign. In each case, the rebound eventually followed because the world wouldn't quite accommodate itself to America's reflexes. Fresh and old threats demanded American attention because others proved unable to fashion and secure a new balance of power.

Four Reasons This Will Be the Second American Century

Joel Kurtzman | Posted 05.27.2014 | World
Joel Kurtzman

Over the years, many people have counted out the United States -- and been wrong. Given our newfound energy wealth, the return of manufacturing, our tradition of creativity and our vaults filled with investable capital, I can't help but believe the people counting us out now will be proved wrong again.

When Vice Presidents Run for President

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

I write this blog in reaction to a recent CNN blog. The article's main thesis is that vice presidents have a low success rate of winning an election, historically speaking. While true, this is a misleading statement, because of two important facts.

I'm Calling a Mulligan on the American Church

Joel L. Watts | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Maybe we could call a mulligan on how we evangelize. So we have forced conversion on anyone at the start, but what would this mean today?

The Winter Olympics, History and Should We Care?

Alejandra Dubcovsky | Posted 04.22.2014 | College
Alejandra Dubcovsky

"Is it unpatriotic to not care about Sochi?" I was recently asked in jest. But as a historian of the United States, it forced me think of the deeper question hidden inside the more jovial one, one that examines how we think about America as a nation. What or rather who is the United States?

Do Symbols Matter?

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Words only have meaning if they are put into action, and their transforming power is realized. The Bible is truly sacred, but if all we do is carry it around, it becomes just another book.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the Arc of Time

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Gail Christopher

As we marked the 150th anniversary on November 19 of this powerful speech, the same struggle continues today in communities from coast to coast -- the fight for freedom and equality is far from over.

What's Education for, Anyway?

William E. White | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
William E. White

The hyperfocus on workplace development is keeping us from accomplishing the core civic education mission of our schools. Strong, engaged citizens make an excellent and reliable workforce.

Rush Limbaugh and the Long, Sordid History of Pitting Whites Against Blacks in America

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.01.2014 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

Unfortunately for Rush, the story he presented to his listeners turned out not to be (he fell for a satirical, Onion-style piece posted on a blog, and had to admit on the air that he'd been duped).