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LOOK: Rare Civil War Photos Revealed

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

A collection of rare, well-preserved Civil War photos were revealed this week at a live auction in Nashua, New Hampshire. A total of 97 items, incl...

Jane Austen Weekly: Jane Austen Votes for President

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

On November 6, 2012, Jane Austen will vote for Barack Obama. With the specter of Mitt Romney as president, her ghost is nothing to fear.

Hope Dies Last: Why Hope Matters for Strategy

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Even though the American economy is recovering -- albeit slowly -- these are still stressful and trying times. We need to move from that begrudging process of recovery to renewal in the belief in America and the American dream. How important is hope to that renewal?

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

Is Casting Aside Caste Possible? Can One Reclassify Class?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Self-proclaimed Hindus ought to have a position on the centrality of class and caste. While Hinduism is known for its tremendous diversity, for "Hindu" to be useful category, there has to be some religious claims and teachings that are agreed upon by all who proclaim to be Hindus.

President Obama's Emancipation Proclamation

Ray Errol Fox | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Ray Errol Fox

In President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage, he has in effect "edited" and enhanced Jefferson's classic dictum to avow, unequivocally, all men and women are created equal. It may be the last major civil rights action of our time.

What Would George Do?

Robert Strong | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Strong

Democracy in Washington's Farewell Address is a fragile thing. It is subject to the whims of public opinion, to the pull of parties, to the selfishness of generations, to the propensity of humans to make mistakes.

Book Claiming To Expose Liberal 'Lies' About Thomas Jefferson Exposed As Inaccurate

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion

Following widespread criticism from a diverse group of scholars, as well as the threat of a boycott by Cincinnati pastors and church leaders, publishe...

The Greatest Breakup Letter in History

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.11.2012 | Comedy
Nicholas Ferroni

As someone who's received many "breakup" letters, emails and even texts, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert. It wasn't until my historical studies at Rutgers that I realized that America was founded on the ultimate breakup letter in history: the Declaration of Independence.

KA-BOOM: July 4th Fireworks Photos

Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

Is there a better way to celebrate your country's independence than setting off lots and lots of fireworks? The United States has been pondering th...

True Independence

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Our national independence has been secured for a long time, at least as long as I've been alive. During my lifetime, the real struggle in America has not been for national independence, but rather for personal independence.

PHOTOS: America Celebrates Independence Day

Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Across the United States, Americans are celebrating 236 years of independence with backyard barbeques, family gatherings an...

Their Final Fourth: An Inspiring Story of Brotherly Love

Jason Earle | Posted 07.04.2012 | Home
Jason Earle

The 4th of July is a "feel good" holiday. Most of us are going to find ourselves beach-bound or at picnics with friends and loved ones. On a deeper level, it carries powerful meaning because of the freedoms that were delivered from our Founding Fathers.

Celebrate Our Independence by Committing to the Right to Vote

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

The right to vote defines our great nation as a democracy. This essential American right, that is often taken for granted, has evolved over years of struggle by many Americans.

What Does The Declaration of Independence Mean Now?

Alexander Tsesis | Posted 09.03.2012 | Books
Alexander Tsesis

Independence Day has always been a time for reflection in the United States. The opportunity for the nation to collectively consider whether it has lived up to the ideals embodied in the Declaration of Independence.

Fourth Of July: Today In History

Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Wednesday, July 4, the 186th day of 2012. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today'...

July 4th and the Roots of Obamacare

Jim Downs | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Jim Downs

Because the Emancipation Proclamation didn't provide protection against the deadly consequences of war, federal officials in 1865 needed to expand their authority in order to respond to this medical crisis.

Pursuing Freedom and Happiness

Mary Jo Kilroy | Posted 09.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Mary Jo Kilroy

I believe that one's pursuit of happiness could take the form of civil marriage between two loving adults, and that its pursuit should not be denied by the state or federal government if the person one loves is of the same gender.

The Declaration of Independence 2012 (As Written of, by and for Women)

Flora Nicholas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

So as we gals are made of strong "home of the brave" stuff, we have chosen today to bring these matters to the country's attention, and yes, publish our own version of the Declaration of Independence.

What, to a Novelist, Is the 4th of July?

Lois Leveen | Posted 09.02.2012 | Books
Lois Leveen

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a novel inspired by a real-life hero who risked her own liberty to ensure America finally made real the ideals illuminated in the Declaration of Independence?

In Divided Era, What Does July 4th Mean?

Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

By TED ANTHONY, ASSOCIATED PRESS SMITHTOWN, N.Y. — In the market for new designer eyewear this Independence Day? Look no further than Wize Eyes o...

A 1776 Feast: The Foods Our Founding Fathers Ate

Kitchen Daily | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste

The City Tavern, built in 1773 and located in Philadelphia, is one of the oldest taverns in the United States and was an important meeting point for h...

Happy Independence Day!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"But... " I hear you say, "... but July 4th is when the Declaration of Independence was signed, and that's what we commemorate." Well... no. Sorry.

July 3 And 4: Celebrating Inner And Outer Freedom

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

That this year's Guru Purnima comes the day before Independence Day strikes me as symbolism worth reflecting upon. Both India and America have always stood for something special in the world's eyes, and the two civilizations have enriched one another immeasurably with their gifts.

On Independence Day, Also Remember Thomas Jefferson's Betrayal

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Bill Moyers

Enjoy the fireworks and flags, the barbecues and bargain sales. But hold this thought as well: that behind this Fourth of July holiday are human beings who were as flawed and conflicted as they were inspired. If they were to look upon us today, they most likely would think how much remains to be done.