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PHOTOS: Fort Ticonderoga Presides Over New York's Lakes

Posted 11.05.2012 | Travel

Fort Ticonderoga's panoramic view of Lake Champlain and Lake George is the happy byproduct of a century of murderous scheming. The fort was first c...

William Bartram's Bible, Early American Environmentalism And Animal Advocacy

Michael Gilmour | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Almost 70 years before "On Origin of the Species," Bartram wrote eloquently of the interrelatedness of the natural world, and out of this flowed concern to limit the suffering of non-human species.

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...

The Dangers of Government That Doesn't Get Things Done

Eric Black | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

Many on the right also claim to have the Framers on their side. The Framers feared a dictatorial government, goes this historical argument. While evidence can be adduced for that view of the Framers, I tend to think it is more wrong than right.

Laissez-Faire Is Whack

Hugh A. Wilson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Hugh A. Wilson

Disturbing to many of us in the academic world is that the push for laissez-faire "legitimacy" by its ideological advocates runs counter to more than 230 years of historical evidence.

Was Obama Channeling George Washington at the UN?

Willard Sterne Randall | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Willard Sterne Randall

To the delegates of countries nervous about Americans' expectations of ever-progressing democracy in the aftermath of last year's Arab Spring, President Obama was echoing, in so many words, what Washington declaimed when he called for respect for every religion.

The Truth About The Trail Of Tears And Christianity

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

When it comes to America's Indigenous peoples, Christianity has done much wrong. At no time should anyone have been making decisions for people in sovereign aboriginal nations. Likewise, Indigenous followers of the Jesus Way should not be presumed upon by saying they have all been brainwashed.

Emancipation Proclamation at 150

Chris Williams | Posted 11.24.2012 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

The time has arrived for racism to be openly and honestly discussed, denounced, and deposed of. If our country is to remain united, these unlawful injustices and practices must be addressed and policies must be enacted to curtail the centuries of damage already done.

What the Founding Fathers Would Do About the Middle East

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Harlow Giles Unger

As hawks and doves in both parties debate American and/or NATO intervention in Syria and Iran, some Americans may wonder what the Founding Fathers would do if faced with a similar dilemma.

People Who Are Revered In America But Shouldn't Be, For Religious Reasons

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 11.17.2012 | Comedy
Nicholas Ferroni

To help those people who disagree with same-sex marriage and homosexuality solely for religious reasons, I have compiled a list of figures, both past and present, who are either taught or revered in American history but who are "sinful," according to the Bible.

Countdown to Emancipation and the End of Slavery in the United States

Alan Singer | Posted 11.14.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

As we prepare to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation, it is important to remember that some of our most prominent and honored Americans did not believe in human equality and rights for all.

What Do You Know About the Constitution?

William E. White | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
William E. White

Our Constitution is constantly bandied about, quoted, cited, and interpreted by every pundit from every media outlet and every political persuasion. Don't just take their word for it. What do you actually know about the Constitution? What do your children know about the Constitution?

Was There A Miracle At Philadelphia?

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

James Madison marveled over what unfolded at Philadelphia all those years ago. If not a miracle, then it was a consummation devoutly to be wished. To paraphrase Franklin: We will do well if we keep faith with it.

What We Build Together

William E. White | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
William E. White

There is a lot of talk today implying that the purpose of education is job training. Our nation will not survive if our education system merely produces economic units. We must safeguard the future of the republic by educating to increase the most essential national resource: informed, engaged citizens.

Breaking Bloody News of the American Revolution, 1775

Todd Andrlik | Posted 10.23.2012 | Media
Todd Andrlik

We live in a time of constant debate and discussion about political and military media coverage. So, now is perhaps the best time to study media coverage of the American Revolution and the birth of the United States.

Our Inner Puritans

Matthew Hutson | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Matthew Hutson

Americans are the most individualistic people in the world. This may be a remnant of the Protestant rejection of church hierarchy and emphasis on a personal relationship with God.

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.

Cup Discovery Reveals Ancient 'Vomit Drink' Ritual

| Posted 08.08.2012 | Science

By Elizabeth Norton In the 1600s, Europeans exploring the American southeast wrote of a purification ritual practiced by the native people, involving...

Bum: A 19th Century Dog Who Chose San Diego as his Home

Kate Kelly | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home
Kate Kelly

In 1886 a steamship from San Francisco, the Santa Rosa, arrived in San Diego, and among those who got off the boat was a stowaway ... a dog described as a St. Bernard-Spaniel mix.

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.

PHOTOS: 15 Greatest Americans Of The 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Peter Dreier

I've pulled out 15 people who represent the most influential progressives of the last century and provided short summaries about their lives and legacies.

The Last of Her Breed -- Elbys Onea Naiche Hugar

Jay Tavare | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Jay Tavare

Elbys Onea Naiche Hugar was the last of her breed. In her crackling sweet voice that commanded attention, she told me that she was the last of her generation. All of her close family members had passed away, so she was the only one left.

The Politics of Power and the Precious Right to Vote

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This year, let's all be alert. Be active. Use your power as one citizen and vote. Don't let anyone take it away from you. Let's mount an urgent and systematic state-by-state fight against the latest kinds of disenfranchisement.

Prehistoric Poop Dispels Long-Standing Theory About First Americans

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 07.27.2012 | Science

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Stone tools and human DNA from ancient caves in Oregon offer new evidence of how some of the first Americans spread through the c...