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American History

Wallenberg: Not Only a Hero but a Unifier

Ezra Friedlander | Posted 03.25.2012 | Impact
Ezra Friedlander

For many, Raoul Wallenberg is a few pages in a history book; for us the children and grandchildren of those that he saved, Raoul Wallenberg is the reason that we were able to once again believe in humanity.

A True Red Tails Tale: The Story of a Living Tuskegee Airman

Erin Harper | Posted 03.21.2012 | Black Voices
Erin Harper

My Great Uncle Joe was one of the first Tuskegee Airmen. This major piece of family and American history was something I often took for granted. I decided that it was my responsibility to learn much more before seeing Red Tails.

"You Don't Own Frederick Douglass"

Alan Singer | Posted 03.11.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

I believe that it is okay for historians to disagree without getting nasty with each other, and that our disagreements are an essential part of making meaning out of the past.

I'll Be Home for Christmas -- Marines in WWII

Beth Crumley | Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact
Beth Crumley

This year, as we gather with friends and family to enjoy the traditions we hold dear, stop and remember those who have spent their Christmases away from their loved ones, in service to this country.

Surprise - It's Bill of Rights Day

Chris Bliss | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Chris Bliss

Two hundred twenty years ago today, on December 15, 1791, something happened that changed history forever. Virginia ratified the Bill of Rights, which, as the 10th state to do so, made it part of the Constitution.

The Reason We Have Thanksgiving? A Woman

Rebecca Price | Posted 01.22.2012 | Women
Rebecca Price

She was the Oprah of the 19th century. And for 17 years, Sarah Josepha Hale wrote five sitting Presidents to advocate for a national day of Thanksgiving.

A Language Comes Home for Thanksgiving

Nataly Kelly | Posted 01.24.2012 | Home
Nataly Kelly

Although they might not know the name of these Native people, many Americans celebrate the Wampanoag each year at Thanksgiving. But very few are aware that the group's descendants still live on their ancestral homelands.

The Truth About Thanksgiving: What They Never Taught You in School

Richard Schiffman | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Richard Schiffman

The real story of the first Thanksgiving is neither as simple nor as consoling as the pared down account we learned in history class would suggest.

What's Good for the Goose is NOT Good for the Christian Nationalist Pseudo-Historians

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

While a group that put up the Jefferson billboard was really stupid not to verify the source of the Jefferson quote it used, I hardly think David Barton is in any position to say anything about the group's statement that they "did not misrepresent his ideas."

The Buffalo In The Room: A Reflection For Native American Heritage Month

Alison Owings | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Alison Owings

As we, the American public, hack through thickets of politically enhanced blogoshere-distributed demonstrations and debates about who we are, most of us overlook one factor: We started out as trespassers.

U.S. Military Program Teaches Foreign Military Students That Liberals Subverted America's Judeo-Christian Heritage

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The military is well aware of the influence it can exert on the foreign students in its IMSO program, and that it is what these students are taught that will be taken back with them to their home countries as a "true" picture of America.

David Ramirez

Scholars Develop Digital Gateway To Hispanic Roots | David Ramirez | Posted 12.16.2011 | Latino Voices

If Latinos don't understand the roots of their culture, how can they preserve it? Although the explanation might sound a bit more academic at times, t...

The Real Christopher Columbus

Carolita Johnson | Posted 12.10.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


Every Child Left Behind

Jess Coleman | Posted 12.04.2011 | Home
Jess Coleman

In memorizing the details of the Compromise of 1877 and racing through thousands of pages of our history textbook, we lost sight of the world right outside our classroom's windows.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Discover Facts About the Prohibition Era, Presented By PBS

Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

The culmination of nearly a century of activism, Prohibition was intended to improve, even to ennoble, the lives of all Americans, to protect individu...

Waiting for Better Angels

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 11.24.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

If someone I loved was taken from me, I would want the person I believed responsible to be dead. But the way that my passions as a human being compel me to behave is not how our government should behave.

3 Bully Lessons in Leadership for President Obama From Teddy Roosevelt

Kermit Roosevelt | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics
Kermit Roosevelt

Barack Obama shares some characteristics with Roosevelt -- both wrote popular books and won the Nobel Peace Prize -- but they are also very different.

Beyond the 9/11 Myth: Dispelling the Fog

James Block | Posted 11.03.2011 | Politics
James Block

It will always be nearly impossible to extract the real meaning and importance of 9/11 from its mythic dimensions because it was -- as it was i...

Did the Wild West Have More Gun Control Than We Do Today?

Adam Winkler | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Gun control advocates fear, and gun rights proponents sometimes hope, the Second Amendment will transform our cities into modern-day versions of Dodge. This is all based on a widely shared misunderstanding of the Wild West.

WATCH: Jefferson Slave Paternity Rumors Come Into Question

Posted 11.02.2011 | Home

Thomas Jefferson stamped his place as a founding father with a slew of political and scholarly accomplishments. From his authoring of the Declaration ...

To the United States Marine Corps -- re: Farting in Afghanistan

Chris Rodda | Posted 10.30.2011 | Comedy
Chris Rodda

There is nothing in the Constitution saying that Americans can't fart. This is just more historical revisionism by the left. What's next? No farting in schools? No farting in courthouses?

What Do We Want Kids to Know About History?

Grant Calder | Posted 10.26.2011 | Education
Grant Calder

While we're reworking our curricula, we could also reassure our fellow citizens that things are rarely as bad as they seem -- including the state of students' historical knowledge.

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...

Ignoring the Past Does Not Erase our Responsibility for It

Dennis Jett | Posted 10.11.2011 | World
Dennis Jett

It has been observed that England and America are two nations separated by a common language. Today there is another difference. England is interested in finding out how it came to participate in an unnecessary, illegal and immoral war. America is not.

Where Are They Now?: The Freedom Riders

Posted 10.09.2011 | Black Voices

Hank Thomas walked up the steps of the Greyhound bus on a sunny May 4, 1961. As he surveyed its drab, blue-gray interior, the lanky 19-year-old Africa...