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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 10.20.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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.

17 Historical Events Every American Needs To Know

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.03.2014 | Latino Voices

It's Hispanic Heritage Month. From the first explorations into North America nearly a century before Jamestown to the banning of Mexican-American Stud...

The Most Important Lesson I Learned From My Grandmother

Rachael Stark | Posted 11.04.2014 | Fifty
Rachael Stark

My Grandma Elizabeth lived to be 104 years old. In her lifetime, she witnessed World Wars I and II, The Great Depression, the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, the crumbling of the Berlin Wall, September 11th and a few other events. Without an iPhone, undergoing Botox, owning a flat-screen TV, or joining Cross Fit, she was the strongest woman I have ever known.

Dearly Beloved: 100 Years Ago the Last Passenger Pigeon Died

Jarid Manos | Posted 10.30.2014 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

A hundred years ago, Martha died. At 1 p.m. on September 1, 1914, the last individual of a wild blue dove whose flocks once numbered billions and blackened the American skies for days fell over dead in her Cincinnati zoo cage.

Sorbo's Ferguson Rant: 'Oh Well...'

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Kevin Sorbo's rant about Ferguson and... American history in general (I can't say "African American" anymore, according to Sorbo) doesn't really deserve a response.

Lives of Curiosity and Conseuqences

Michael Benson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Michael Benson

Much can be learned from the lives of these two remarkable brothers from the most modest and ordinary of backgrounds. Grit, determination, persistence, discipline... and curiosity.

Riddles, Lies, and Lives -- From Fidel Castro and Muhammad Ali to Albert Einstein and Barbie

Eduardo Galeano | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Eduardo Galeano

The 20th century, which was born proclaiming peace and justice, died bathed in blood. It passed on a world much more unjust than the one it inherited. The 21st century, which also arrived heralding peace and justice, is following in its predecessor's footsteps.

Historical Treasures Hidden In Church Attics

www.nytimes.com | Posted 07.31.2014 | Religion

STURBRIDGE, Mass. — Sarah Blanchard was sorry she skipped a worship service. Sarah Wood apologized for denouncing infant baptisms. And as for the Ch...

The History of Donuts In America

Food52 | Posted 09.20.2014 | Taste
Food52

From when they arrived in America, doughnuts have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps -- and, thanks to a rather ragtag bunch of characters, they are now one of the most iconic American pastries.