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Colleges Founded Before The American Revolution

Posted 07.05.2012 | College

By the time of the American revolution, there were already multiple colleges up and running. ...

True Stories From The Boston Massacre

Richard Archer | Posted 09.03.2012 | Books
Richard Archer

As we celebrate the birth of our nation, we should remember how disaffection brought about by military occupation contributed to the coming of our own revolution. We should not be surprised if other people behave similarly.

Founded in Enlightenment, America Faces Ignorance and Confusion As the Challenges Grow Ever More Complex

William Bradley | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

So as we celebrate another day off and think of fireworks, hot dogs, and all the rest, let's give some thought to how and why this country was founded. And consider how far we have to go in meeting challenges that would daunt even the best of the Founders.

Everyday People and the American Revolution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We elevate the events of the American Revolution to near-mythical status all too often and forget that the real revolutionaries were people just like ...

Rededicate Yourself to the Republic

William E. White | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
William E. White

As you, your children, your family, your friends, and your colleagues prepare for the Fourth of July this year, make it a learning experience. Read the Declaration of Independence from beginning to end -- every word. Read it aloud. Read a book about American history.

Why America Owes Its Existence and Military to a Gay Man

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 08.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

You can't teach about the Revolution without mentioning the role of Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. However, the one fact that seems to be left out during lectures is that von Steuben was known to "have affections to members of his own sex."

Memorial Day in the Rearview Mirror

Mike Feder | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Mike Feder

At cyber-speed, Memorial Day 2012, is fast slipping into history. But there are important things to note about this national day of remembrance... Th...

Laughable Online Censorship Attempt Won't Last a New York Minute

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in the New York state government are attempting to pass a law that would ban anonymous comments online. Even if they actually passed the act, once it arrived in a federal court it would be tossed out in a "New York minute" (as they say).

Social Media of the American Revolutionary War

Todd Andrlik | Posted 04.13.2012 | Media
Todd Andrlik

Just as social media is helping to ignite and organize the Arab Spring, printed newspapers fanned the flames of rebellion in colonial America, provided critical correspondence during the Revolutionary War.

What "Liberty/Liberté" Tells Us About Slavery, Black History, and Raw Nerves

Louise Mirrer | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices
Louise Mirrer

Why has a work by the African-American artist Fred Wilson -- an installation piece that riffs on the topic by assembling authentic slave shackles, slave chains and Revolutionary-era icons -- been such a sore point with critics? We must have struck a raw nerve.

"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.

Lincoln and Douglass Would Be Angry

Alan Singer | Posted 03.06.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Life sized bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass stand at the entrances to the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) greeting visitor...

Revolutions Take Time: Reading Reactions to Re-ignited Egyptian Protests

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Maytha Alhassen

On November 21, Donald Trump's tweet "Egypt is turning into a hot bed of radical Islam. The current protest is another coup attempt. We should never h...

Job Description: Servant of the People

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

Our leaders were supposed to be our servants. They were elected "to serve". I'm not claiming the thing ever worked perfectly, but who among us now even imagines that our representatives serve any of us?

Afghanistan: Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham II

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Two years ago, I contributed a piece, "Afghanistan: Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham," to the Huffington Post. This week, I saw a news clip o...

The Revolution Will Be Televised, Googled, Tweeted... Etc.

Lowell Thompson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Black Voices
Lowell Thompson

When I first heard of the Occupy Wall Street initiative, I thought it was just a group of overfed and overeducated and underemployed "white" boys trying to get their own generational street cred. But that was just the cynic in me talking.

Bashing the European Union in the United States

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 11.26.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Since the recession, bashing the European Union has become a sport for U.S. commentators. Just skim the most recent headlines, and one is led to believe that the old continent is on the brink of economic, political and social collapse.

Ten Years Later: Keeping The Spirit Of The American Revolution

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 11.11.2011 | Politics
DeeDee Garcia Blase

Have we allowed domestic and foreign terrorists to control our policies, and thus allowed them to create a deep-seated fear within us? And have these policies continued to chip away at our freedoms?

Patriotism vs. Nationalism in a Post 9/11 World

Grant Lyon | Posted 11.08.2011 | Comedy
Grant Lyon

If you believe in freedom of religion but don't understand the irony behind your anger at a mosque being built near ground zero, then you are the number one culprit of dumb nationalism in 2011.

Jon Ward

Mitt Romney Compares Obama Administration To British Monarchy During Revolutionary War

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics

CONCORD, N.H. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday compared the federal government under President Obama to the British governmen...

The Plight of Marco Sauceda

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Too often, we elevate the events of the American Revolution to near-mythic status and forget that the real revolutionaries were people just like you and me.

The New War of Independence -- Against Corporate Politics

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This July 4, politics is too important to be left to the politicians. The stakes are too high and the system is too broken. Citizen action is everyone's job now.

'God Of Liberty': The Role Of Religion In American Independence

Anil Mundra | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Anil Mundra

America has always been religious -- and also religiously diverse. The historical narrative suggests that it's this special combination to which the United States owes its existence.

Thomas Jefferson, The American Mind and the Cosmic System

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

On May 26, 1776, John Adams, who represented Massachusetts at the Second Continental Congress, wrote exultantly to his friend James Warren that "every...

Could Egypt Become the World's Most Advanced Democracy?

Keith Harrington | Posted 08.12.2011 | World
Keith Harrington

True democracy will fail to emerge in Egypt unless its people turn their attention to one critical factor that is going largely ignored amidst all the transitional hubbub -- the economy.