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American History

The Chronicles of Gringolandia

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 12.19.2014 | Books
Alex Cacioppo

Americans like to think that they live in a perpetual present, as author Ilan Stavans, a Jewish-Mexican immigrant to the U.S. in the 1980s, writes in A Most Imperfect Union, lavishly illustrated by his compadre Lalo Alcaraz. But that is another illusory convention that, like many others, gets knocked down in the manner of a summary execution.

Ferguson: Riot or Rebellion?

Jack Schneider | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Jack Schneider

Race plays a significant role in how violence is framed for the public. And though such framing may begin informally in conversation or in popular media, it persists in what our children are taught in school and affects the way we understand each other.

The Legacy Of Evangelical Preacher George Whitefield

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) If YouTube had existed in the 1700s, George Whitefield, hailed by scholars as the best-known evangelist of that century, would have been all ove...

Are We the World's Most Anti-Worker Nation?

Les Leopold | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Les Leopold

Not only do we rank 26th in median wealth, we also are the most anti-employee country in the developed world. Actually, the two go together because rising inequality results from our pro-Wall Street and anti-worker policies.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 4

Dave Kreissman | Posted 12.08.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

Recently, several St. Louis Rams players protested the Ferguson non-indictment, pantomiming "hands up, don't shoot" as they came on the field. But in the '60s, the intersection of sports, politics and religion reached its zenith in the person of Muhammad Ali.

Learning White-American History

Courtney McKinney | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

Being African-American in America means knowing the country was not made for you. I mean this literally, not figuratively.

2015: The Year of No Little Plans

Michael Benson | Posted 11.29.2014 | College
Michael Benson

I pledge to let 2015 be a year in which I focus on a persistently optimistic attitude, think big, and refuse to let those naysayers who dream too small deter me from my own goals.

Thanksgiving and Civil War

Honor Sachs | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Honor Sachs

Few ever stop to think why we celebrate this moment. When you think about it, it does not make a lot of sense. We have a national holiday to celebrate an obscure dinner party that took place almost four hundred years ago. Why? How did this come to be?

Giving Thanks After Thanksgiving

Dianne Collins | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dianne Collins

The holiday rituals focus us on the highest aspects of ourselves. Do we share and are we thankful and loving for just one or two days? For a season? To reap a bountiful harvest of our humanity requires daily attentiveness beyond the celebratory rituals that so beautifully and dutifully remind us.

"Pro-American" History Textbooks Hurt Native Americans

Shannon Speed | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Shannon Speed

The Texas State Board of Education wants to reinforce this knowledge gap, forcing Texas high schoolers to learn a sanitized version of U.S. history in the name of being "pro-American."

Maryland's Emancipation and the Homecoming of Frederick Douglass

Paul Kendrick | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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.

Baltimore's Renaissance In Full Swing

John Mariani | Posted 11.13.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

Baltimore's restaurants are as varied as in any big city right now, so avoiding the banal offerings in Harborplace is easy.

Back to the Future: American Studies' Noble Dreams

Jim Downs | Posted 11.13.2014 | College
Jim Downs

ASA has opened a creative and intellectual space to cultivate scholars, and unlike other conferences, where most attendees spend their time at the hotel bar or touring the conference city, the sessions at the ASA are teeming with audience participants.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 3

Dave Kreissman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture do not represent a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

The Homesman Is a Woman

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 11.07.2014 | Entertainment
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

There is the hope of redemption for everyone: the lunatic moms who minimally respond to kindness, for Mary Bee who makes another bold move involving this new man in her life and for Briggs, if that really is his name, who survives and tries to do right.

All Appropriation Everything: IHOP Joins List of Cultural-Appropriation Offenders

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Over the last few months, corporations have found a new way to gain attention on Twitter: tweeting rap lyrics and other allusions to hip-hop culture. The culprit that has most popularly surfaced across Twitter timelines is IHOP, which tweets edited versions of lyrics from songs by artists such as Drake, Trinidad James, and Bobby Shmurda.

Review: R.G. Belsky Explores the Heart of Darkness in The Kennedy Connection

Holly Cara Price | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Belsky's novel is a fascinating character study of disgraced journalist Gil Malloy, on the hunt for a serial killer who may very well be in possession of a long-buried secret that could reveal the rotted, corrupt truth behind the Kennedy assassination.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 2

Dave Kreissman | Posted 10.30.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture do not represent a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 1

Dave Kreissman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture are not a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

Want a Chance to Go Inside Villa Lewaro? Start With a Pledge

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 11.02.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

As the National Trust and the Doley family look ahead to potential new uses for the home, we would also like to extend an offer to supporters of the project -- supporters like you -- to join us for a possible visit.

5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn't Learn In Social Studies

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 10.25.2014 | Black Voices

Edward Baptist's new book, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism", drew a lot of attention last month after the...

4 Uncanny Events From America's Past That Will Make You Shiver

Robert Damon Schneck | Posted 12.13.2014 | Books
Robert Damon Schneck

Textbooks give the impression that the disappearance of Roanoke colony or the Salem witch trials are the weirdest events in American history, and that...

'American Horror Story' and the Real Freak Show

W. Scott Poole | Posted 12.05.2014 | Entertainment
W. Scott Poole

Our popular culture is awash in monsters, so I don't really imagine season four of American Horror Story being too scary for audiences to handle. That is, unless Murphy and his crew investigate the real American horror story of race and difference in America. And, knowing this show, they just might.

Historians Should Honor Protesting Colorado Students

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The brave Colorado high school students who are protesting their school board's attempt to rewrite their American history curriculum are doing all Americans a favor. They are reminding us of the importance of dissent and protest in our nation's history.

Colorado Students Are Right: Your History Is Un-American

Jason Endacott | Posted 11.26.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

I've been paying close attention to the events in Colorado in which students and faculty members of Jefferson County high schools have been protesting the formation of a curriculum review committee that would require students to learn a sanitized version of history that encourages blind patriotism and discourages any sort of protest.