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Opera At 8500 Feet

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 07.06.2016 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I write from the swing on the small front porch of my quaint house with a white picket fence. The view is of an old mining town. My dog, Charlie, lies...

The Fourth

Ann Medlock | Posted 07.05.2016 | Style
Ann Medlock

I've got the hamburgers and the sparklers. Washed my red white and blue T shirt. Everybody's got their assignments for the barbecue. And I find myself wondering--just what are we celebrating here?

Consequences Of Freedom

William E. White | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
William E. White

With Independence Day looming, we hear a lot about "freedom." The holiday is our national celebration of freedom and the word echoes through our consciousness like no other. But this year, I hope we stop and really consider the meaning of freedom.

Mexican-American Slam Poet Schools Donald Trump On U.S. History

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.22.2016 | Latino Voices

Donald Trump may want to bust open a U.S. history book because he's about to get schooled. Chicana slam poet Mercedez Holtry gave the GOP presidentia...

Argentine Apology, MidEast Betrayal: One 'Dirty War' to the Next

Steve Koppman | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Steve Koppman

In Argentina where it no longer matters, Obama pays retroactive lip service to democracy. But ask people today across the Middle East -- in Egypt or Yemen, or Saudi Arabia, Gaza and the West Bank, or for that matter Syria -- if the U.S. supports democracy and self-determination.

The Founding Fathers and Donald Trump: A Reply to Peter Wehner

Eoin Higgins | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

The founders, and especially Madison, intentionally devised an authoritarian system of government. And the only kind of demagogues they feared were the kind that came from the bottom up.

History For All: Two Novels Based on American Life

Janet Mason | Posted 03.01.2016 | Books
Janet Mason

My partner and I, over breakfast, were discussing what a leap year is. The only consensus that we were able to come to was that time is an artificial...

New Yorker Cover Shows History Is Already Harshly Judging Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 01.28.2016 | Media

The New Yorker has done it again. "Bad Reception," the cover illustration for the magazine's Feb. 1 issue, shows past U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy,...

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

Football On Thanksgiving Is Nearly As Old As The Holiday Itself

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 11.25.2015 | Sports

On Nov. 6, 1869, 25 players from Rutgers University carried scarlet handkerchiefs onto a field in northern New Jersey as a means of distinguishing the...

These Underrepresented Students Are Tired Of School Curriculums That Make Them Invisible

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

High school senior Tina Vo can't recall a time in American history class that she got to learn anything about people who looked like her, aside from w...

Time to Abolish Columbus Day

Bill Bigelow | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop.

Pro-Clinton Historian Hits Bernie Sanders For Saying U.S. Founded On 'Racist Principles'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke at Liberty University on Monday, he offered his audience a thought not usually advanced in conser...

John Leguizamo Says High School History Makes Latino Students Feel 'Invisible'

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 08.18.2015 | Latino Voices

Latino contributions to U.S. history remain largely absent from high school history books, and John Leguizamo is doing something about it. The 51-year...

100 Years of Occupation in Haiti : Constitution Maybe Paper

Mark Schuller | Posted 07.31.2015 | World
Mark Schuller

A series of commemoration activities on Tuesday for 100 years of U.S. Occupation organized by the Mouvman Patriyotik Demokratik Popilè (the Patriotiic, Democratic, People's Movement) carried the theme, "with or without boots, the occupation still exists."

Richard Nixon's Blueprint for Twenty-First Century America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Nixon had the Secret Service turn the Oval Office, its telephones, the Cabinet Room, and his "hideaway" in the Executive Office Building into recording studios. He bugged his own life, ensuring that anything you said to the president of the United States would be recorded, thousands and thousands of hours of it.

'The Most Dangerous Man in America'

Tim Weiner | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Tim Weiner

Richard Nixon saw himself as a great statesman, a giant for the ages, a general who could command the globe, a master of war, not merely the leader of the free world but "the world leader." Yet he was addicted to the gutter politics that ruined him.

Jacob Kerr

American Politicians Used To Have Some Pretty Incredible Names

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

When then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama first stepped onto the national scene at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he referred to himself as...

The Tennesseans to Premiere July 4

Ed Hooper | Posted 07.02.2016 | Impact
Ed Hooper

The Tennesseans: A Volunteer Legacy will premiere July 4 and 5 on the state's public television stations. The hour-long film is the first to highlight the events, men and women that earned the state its nickname from the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain to the modern battlefields of today.

Finding New Fathers

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.08.2016 | 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.

Joy Resmovits

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.