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A Jeffersonian Approach to Innovation: Blending Science, the Arts, and Cultural Understanding in the Information Age

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

The sheer range and depth of Jefferson's intellectual pursuits also distinguish him as one of America's most accomplished innovators. How did Jefferson innovate, and what can today's leaders do to apply his brand of ingenuity in the Information Age?

5 Family Travel Destinations That Teach Kids U.S. History

Amy Whitley | Posted 11.13.2013 | Parents
Amy Whitley

The kids are back to school and summer vacation is over. Keep the kids at their studies during fall getaways and weekend trips by visiting a historical landmark, museum or battlefield. Pick from one of these five top U.S. family travel destinations that teach U.S. history:

Never Hang Up On The First Lady

The Huffington Post | Maggie Furlong | Posted 09.11.2013 | TV

They say that behind every great man is an even greater woman -- and that goes for the President and his First Lady as well. We've got an exclusiv...

This Historic Presidential Speech Moment Almost Didn't Happen

The Huffington Post | Maggie Furlong | Posted 09.10.2013 | TV

Discovery Channel's new two-part, four-hour special "The Presidents’ Gatekeepers" (premieres Wed., Sept. 11 and Thurs., Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. ET) takes...

Indiana's Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt

Bill Bigelow | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

As someone who spent almost 30 years as a high school history teacher, I'm amused by the impoverished pedagogical vision embedded by Mitch Daniels.

For the Love of God -- and Country

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 08.27.2013 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

We do need to learn our history, and there is much to be proud of. I'm grateful to be a part of a nation which has done and is doing some great things in the world. But let's not fool ourselves: we are not God's chosen nation, and our history is as agonizing and terrible as it is great.

Hail to the Narcissist: POTUS And Personality

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.07.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Looking back on U.S. history, certain presidents clearly stand out as larger than life. Andrew Jackson, TR, LBJ -- these were flamboyant and domineering men, and also great leaders. Yet our greatest leaders often have dark sides as well.

Oops! How the Government Did Its Part to Destroy Our Cities

Frank Gruber | Posted 04.02.2013 | Books
Frank Gruber

I don't necessarily expect that future historians will find purposeful reasons for the emptying out of our great cities. More likely, they will seek to identify social, economic or demographic reasons that resulted in the urban crisis.

Meeting Medicare Again, for the First Time

Brian Kahn | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Brian Kahn

I sat down at the computer with quiet anxiety. I've never warmed to the cold, iridescent screen, somehow removed from the flesh and blood life I have ...

Our Lincoln, Ourselves: Rethinking Slavery and Abolition

Jim Downs | Posted 02.11.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

When the script does not portray Lincoln as divinely inspired abolitionist, the film lapses into other problematic formulations of why people fought to end slavery.

What Is So Great About Abraham Lincoln?

Quora | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by C. Matthew Latsha: How to even begin answering this: I once wrote in my private writings, If...

How Historically Accurate Is "Lincoln" the Movie?

Quora | Posted 01.27.2013 | Entertainment
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Matthew Pinsker, Historian and College Professor It's a mistake to worry about whether "Linc...

The 'Agonizing Spasms' of Election Day

William E. White | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
William E. White

Effective citizens are sophisticated consumers of information. They ask hard questions about the issues facing their community, state, and nation. All of these behaviors are learned, not innate.

What High Schools Are Teaching Millenials About The War On Terror

Posted 11.14.2012 | Education

What kids learn in school tends to change with the times, and some curricular regulations that are either antiquated or simply embedded in beliefs hav...

Why Do Most People Think of Lincoln as an Anti-Slavery President When He Was Really More Pro-Unification?

Quora | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Matthew Pinsker, Pohanka Chair for Civil War History, Dickinson College The best way to answer this...

A Long Weekend In Boston

George Hobica | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

I'm always amazed by how many people who consider themselves travelers have never visited Boston. True, having lived there for most of my formative years, I'm a bit prejudiced, but I've been to almost every city worth visiting and I can honestly say that none is more beautiful, especially now that the hideous Central Artery roadway has been placed underground.

Subjects or Citizens?

William E. White | Posted 12.30.2012 | Education
William E. White

United States history is the story of a compelling idea that continues to revolutionize the world. Unfortunately, American schools today disregard that history.

Philadelphia Is A History Professor

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 12.25.2012 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

In the Signers Hall, 42 life-size bronze statues gather in clusters, discussing, gesturing, urging you to sign their much-argued-over document.

What Were the Most Controversial Presidential Elections in American History?

Quora | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Nate Cohn, electionate@TNR I'll post about 1824, when John Quincy Adams became the President...

Who Is the Most Underrated American President?

Quora | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Bryce Johannes, explorer of lesser known histories in search of a brighter future Jimmy Carter (19...

What Were the Most Controversial Presidential Elections in American History?

Quora | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Quora

In 1800, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr received an identical number of votes. In 1824, four candidates ran for president, with the result that no one received a majority of the popular vote.

Who Are the Most Moderate Presidents in U.S. History?

Quora | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Jonathan Cassie, Educator, http://joncassie.com/ James Monroe, Chester Arthur, and Dwight Eisenhowe...

We Talk Endlessly About the Next President, But What About Our Past Presidents?

Judi Roaman | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Judi Roaman

Artist Brian Tolle takes our most significant "memories" of a collection of past presidents, distills them and incorporates them into an eclectic, irreverent, smart, and funny collection of "busts" of our "fearless leaders."

College Grads Don't Know U.S. History, Study Faults Institutions

Posted 10.10.2012 | Education

A recent study by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni titled “What Will They Learn?” graded 1,070 colleges and universities on the strengt...

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.