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The Will of the People

William E. White | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
William E. White

Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.

It's Our Responsibility

William E. White | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
William E. White

Who's responsible for instilling in our young people an appreciation for history and citizenship? Many of us -- teachers, educators, and members of the public alike -- are very concerned about the demise of social studies.

Destroying the Commons: How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta

Noam Chomsky | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

What we do right now, or fail to do, will determine what kind of world will greet the millennial anniversary of Magna Carta. It is not an attractive prospect if present tendencies persist -- not least, because the Great Charter is being shredded before our eyes.

'Land of the Free?' Francis Scott Key, Composer of National Anthem, Was Defender of Slavery

Jefferson Morley | Posted 07.03.2012 | DC
Jefferson Morley

Francis Scott Key, the Washington lawyer and poet who wrote the "Star Spangled Banner," is the most unknown famous person in American history. What does Key's forgotten story mean as the 200th anniversary of his most famous work approaches?

A Salute to 'Old School' Fatherhood

Ed Hooper | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
Ed Hooper

Mr. Mazarriello reached beyond the stereotypical portrayals of American fatherhood and seized an opportunity for his sons to teach themselves about something more important than sports or toys.

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

How Would History Have Been Different if Richard Nixon Had Won the 1960 Presidential Election?

Quora | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Quora

An interesting question for sure! This is the stuff that comes to mind, in no real order -- but really, after '76 all bets are off.

Education in America Serves No Purpose Today

William E. White | Posted 07.21.2012 | Education
William E. White

Americans have forgotten the reason why we educate children in America. As a result our children, schools, communities, and the nation are suffering.

Re-Learning the Lesson of the United States

William Pierce | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
William Pierce

As we slowly move forward in addressing immigration policy, we must remember our stories because to do otherwise is to deny the lesson of America.

Saying You Don't Remember Doesn't Mean It Didn't Happen

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plaintively wondered to the crowd, "I don't know when immigrants became the enemy." Immigrants became the enemy under your boss, George W. Bush.

Was FDR Given Cocaine?

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 03.04.2012 | Books
Steven M. Gillon

While researching my new book I came across circumstantial evidence that FDR was treated on December 7, 1941, and perhaps on a regular basis throughout much of his presidency, with cocaine.

Texas History Education Standards Slammed In New Report

Posted 01.11.2012 | Education

A recent report says Texas K-12 standards in history are inadequate, ineffective and "fail to meet the state's college readiness standards," and the r...

Immigration Nation

Ellen Siminoff | Posted 01.07.2012 | Education
Ellen Siminoff

With an issue that is clearly going to be a constantly prevalent one in our nation's future, as it has been in our past, how do we communicate this situation to the children in our schools without bias?

Civil Rights Education 'Dismal' Across The Country

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 11.30.2011 | Education

"Dismal." Likely not a word ever preferred in an educational setting, but the description the Southern Poverty Law Center found appropriate to ass...

Historians Respond: Who Needs The Help?

Jim Downs | Posted 10.28.2011 | Home
Jim Downs

The Help has stirred up a controversy.

WATCH: What Was The War Of 1812 About Again?

Posted 10.25.2011 | Comedy

What was the war of 1812 about again? That is the subject of the newest parody from College Humor. Like something out of a middle school cram sessi...

Tulsa's Ghosts of Leadership Past

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices
Adrian Margaret Brune

The American record that touts the pioneering spirit of men like W. Tate Brady is slowly being rewritten to include the preemptive subjugation, bigotry and ultimately, retribution toward blacks during post-Reconstruction.

Why Did America Destroy Its Great Cities?

Frank Gruber | Posted 10.02.2011 | Home
Frank Gruber

I don't suggest that there was a purposeful rationale, or even multiple rationales, to destroy the cities. The causes are more likely to have been social, cultural, economic and demographic.

WATCH: If Students Fail History, Does It Matter?

CNN | Jacob Soboroff | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education

Washington (CNN) -- If there's a student anywhere who would be able to answer a trivia question about President Abraham Lincoln, it would be on the ma...

12 Fun 4th of July Facts From Michele Bachmann (VIDEO)

Doug Molitor | Posted 09.04.2011 | Comedy
Doug Molitor

Michele Bachmann's fans rewrote John Quincy Adams' Wikipedia page, so that it would agree with what she had said in a broadcast interview.

Gone with the Wind: Gone in the Head

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 08.21.2011 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

Civil War re-enactors take heed. I have perfected the Rebel yell: Oweeeeeeyaaahhooooo!!! That's me after reading Yoni Applebaum's piece, "Confedera...

Joy Resmovits

Few Students 'Proficient' In U.S. History

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education

If you can identify one advantage American troops held over the British in the American Revolution, chances are you know more U.S. history than most e...

Still Looking for Alexander

David O. Stewart | Posted 06.13.2011 | Entertainment
David O. Stewart

If good intentions and a lively imagination were all that counted, the documentary Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton would be a masterwork.

SOTU and Sputnik: Economic Nationalism, Political Paralysis, and the Decline of the American Empire

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

I haven't yet commented on Tuesday night's State of the Union address, nor on the Republican response, but, then, what more is there to say? TNR's Jo...

6 Million African Americans And The U.S. Immigration Story

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Between 1915 and 1970, 6 million African Americans left the only homes they'd known in the American South in search of better lives and opportunities ...