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Requiem for the American Century

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Seventy-three years ago, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to "create the first great American Century." No one today could claim that this is Time's century, or the American Century, or perhaps anyone else's. Even the greatest empires now seem to have shortened lifespans.

75 Years Later, Lou Gehrig's "Luckiest Man on the Face of Earth" Speech, Remains the Greatest Speech in Sports History

Dave Kreissman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

On July 4, 1939 a frail Henry Louis Gehrig stepped in front of a packed crowd at Yankee Stadium. The Manhattan-native knew he was sick, but he was unaware that his illness (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS) would soon claim his life.

Amazing Facts About America's Most Famous Landmarks

The Active Times | Posted 07.06.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

As travelers, as adventurers, as Americans, when we have the chance to explore, we revel at the spectacular national monuments and landmarks that are ...

Why We Set Off Fireworks On The Fourth Of July

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

Ever wondered why we set off those humungous kaleidoscopes of gunpowder in our sky each Fourth of July? Apparently, the history of fireworks in Americ...

A Fragile Union

William E. White | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
William E. White

The United States of America: we take the name of our nation for granted. From the perspective of nearly two and a half centuries of history, it appears obvious that we should be one country, bound together by constitutional principles, stretching from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.

10 American Facts You Can Use To Ruin Any July 4 Party

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker & Todd Van Luling | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Just in case you want to be *that* person.

Celebrating Entrepreneurial Freedom in the United States

J V Crum III | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
J V Crum III

Entrepreneurial freedom has always been, and will forever be intertwined with the American heritage; on this 4th of July, 2014 as we celebrate our...

Two Public Policies That Transformed Our Nation

Michael Benson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Education
Michael Benson

On Sunday, June 22, we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the G.I. Bill becoming the law of the land. Innumerable individuals have benefitted from this far-sighted policy, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

A Pilgrimage, the CORE Murders and Juneteenth

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 06.20.2014 | Black Voices
Ravi K. Perry

I've always found it a very tragic and sad irony that the same weekend that we celebrate Juneteenth, we also remember and commemorate the loss of life of three heroic Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) members and volunteers: James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

The Footsore Painter From Missouri, Calvin Lemuel Hoole

F. Scott Hess | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

Shortly after moving from Mississippi to St. Louis in 1856, Dr. Alfred Lane Patton commissioned Calvin Lemuel Hoole, a self-taught painter in Missouri, to paint the history of the Lane, Thomas, Hampton, and Patton families.

Operation Overlord and the Norfolk House

Michael Benson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Michael Benson

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord - the invasion of Normandy by Allied forces - I am reminded of a powerful moment I experienced over twenty years ago in London as if it happened just yesterday.

Maya Angelou: The Power of an Evolving Brand

Tamara Jacobs | Posted 06.05.2014 | Women
Tamara Jacobs

The recent passing of the iconic author and poet, Maya Angelou, closed the chapter on one of the most enduring and prolific personal brands America ha...

125 Years Later: The Johnstown Flood (May 31, 1889)

Michael Novak | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Michael Novak

It is a city with the will to live, to come back, to rebuild, to hold together. It is a kind of "resurrection city." It has all but been demolished, extinguished, buried. And then it has come back.

A Grateful Nation Remembers Fallen Heroes

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Although we are all aware of the remarkable leadership and sacrifice of great generals of wars past and present, it is the silence of those men and women who died during combat that speaks so clearly to the meaning of bravery and patriotism.

The Rise and Fall of the Nation's Largest Student Movement: the Students for Democratic Society

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

Today, the student-activist organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is being reactivated on college campuses around the country as the New SDS. Yet, how many of its new members are aware of SDS's complex past and the role of its legendary leader, Carl Oglesby?

WATCH: 'The Rules Of Racism' Film Trailer You Need To See

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.16.2014 | Black Voices

One summer documentary is tackling the topic of American racism head on. "Hidden Colors" -- a documentary series about the cultural history of Afr...

'Costumes of Downton Abbey' Is the Exhibition Every Aspiring Lord and Lady Grantham Needs to See

Erin Ruberry | Posted 07.13.2014 | Travel
Erin Ruberry

Approximately 35 outfits from the British import are on display at the mansion-turned-museum, along with backstory on the designs and details (you can get close enough to see the frayed ends on one gown; another vintage piece ripped during wearing and had to be carefully mended with matching fabric).

Behemoth in a Bathrobe: A Dialogue

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

I am that still, small voice -- inside, at the back -- that says, "I can." And I've pushed my way to the front, because, even a dozen years after 9/11, "the day everything changed," I'm hearing, "I can't." What has happened to us?

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.

Field of Prey: A Talk With John Sandford

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.05.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Stephen King said "If you haven't read John Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time."

150 Years Since Ulysses S. Grant's Superstition Won a War

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

The Overland campaign was one of the most decisive campaigns in American history on the 150th anniversary.

The Right and American History

Robert Slayton | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

History contradicts the claims of Mr. Bundy, his supporters in the U.S. Senate and in the media. His armed supporters are potential felons. And ignorant of the history they purport to revere.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Jack Nadel | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Jack Nadel

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933, he was advising an anxious nation that fear itself was the...

I Could Be a Desert

Jarid Manos | Posted 06.14.2014 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

Before this past January, I hadn't cried since 1999 and the Denzel movie The Hurricane.

Artist Kerry James Marshall: Paint it Black

Louisiana Channel | Posted 05.31.2014 | Black Voices
Louisiana Channel

Imagine being seen for who you really are, inhabiting space as a central figure in the narration. In this powerful interview American artist Kerry James Marshall talks about how he explores the presence and absence of the black figure in art history.