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Windswept Wonders, All

Robert Hoch | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Hoch

Our girls are busy building a timeline for the 20th century. Included are, among other things, the Civil Rights movement (1954-1968), a picture of Ros...

'Don't Know Much about History': Is Denver the Start of a New Student Movement?

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.25.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

The protest to preserve the history curriculum is important for many reasons. If the so-called education reformers are not careful, they may bring on that catastrophe by toppling the only remaining institution dedicated to reinforcing civic values -- public education.

A Letter to My Maternal Great-Grandparents Wolf and Bascha Mahler

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I have never written to you, I have carried your image and felt your comforting presence ever since that first day when your son, Simon [Szymon] told me about you.

Changing How California Teaches History

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Vamsee Juluri

History can be either a boring, anachronistic and even disempowering subject for children, or a magnificently life-changing and worldview-shaping one. California is at a moment now when it has to choose which of these approaches schools get to teach.

If You Love Your Dive Bar, Then Kill It!

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 09.23.2014 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

Sure, you might not like the tourists who wander in on occasion, but you'd probably like it less if the place simply vanished forever, replaced by an upscale fashion boutique or chain restaurant.

ISIS Beheadings and the American Separation of Church and State

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Richard T. Hughes

Americans who view a Christian establishment as a meaningful antidote to Islamic terror have already conceded the fight to the people they oppose since they would strip the United States of one of the most important pillars of American freedom.

'The Roosevelts:' Ken Burns Closets Eleanor, Disappears FDR's Gay Sex-Entrapment Scandal in the Navy

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I enjoyed watching Ken Burns' The Roosevelts: An Intimate History last week, keeping in mind that these PBS documentary series are usually a heavy bit of American myth-making. Still, there are a few things just too glaring to hide or treat with discretion in 2014, though Burns arrogantly thinks he can.

Emancipating Freedom

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 09.19.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

James Forten's vision -- and the many courageous stories of others along the Delaware -- remind us that freedoms are hard won by those willing to sacrifice to make the world a better place.

In Character: The Wizards Who Gave Us Power, with Eric Brach

Jarod Cerf | Posted 09.19.2014 | Books
Jarod Cerf

Continuous articles in text are fine, sure. But do you ever wonder what the folks who author books sound like, in person? Before the editorial reviews? I'll give you a hint: They're all characters, too.

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

The Surprising History and Future of Boob Job Fever

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 09.18.2014 | Style
Nikki Gloudeman

As a feminist, I've always felt deeply conflicted about the whole boob job thing. On one hand, it's both sad and ridiculous that women feel compelled to pay thousands and undergo surgery to attain an ostensibly "more desirable" body.

Visiting the Waterfront Bar and Grill in San Diego

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 09.17.2014 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

You walk into the place and somehow just feel at home. It's a dive bar for sure -- stickers cover the wall behind the beer taps and bric-a-brac is everywhere -- but for some reason you can easily spend an entire day here.

Genocide Education: California Senate Bill 1380

Mike Spradley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Spradley

In my own family I assumed I'd heard all the tales of heroism or of those who became part of American and global history. With deep regret I missed t...

In Celebration of Our National Anthem's Bicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The War of 1812 didn't gain America much, as a country. It didn't address the complaints that led the Americans to declare war in the first place. We didn't conquer Canada. But we did gain a certain amount of what can be called our "national identity" after the war. Right at the heart of this was a new patriotic (and popular) song.

Why the 'We Can't Teach About LGBT History for Religious Reasons' Argument Makes No Sense Whatsoever

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

As a history teacher, I cherish history and know the importance of all people's history. However, when it comes to teaching LGBT history, many so-called religious people always pull out the religious card.

Even First Ladies Have to Deal With Red Tape

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.12.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

With the Ken Burns docu-series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History airing shortly on PBS, this seems a good time to share a snippet of their family history. Specifically, the pages that follow are excerpts from Edith Kermit Roosevelt's file regarding a widow's pension for the service of her husband, Theodore Roosevelt.

Here's What Marriage Advice Looked Like In 1893

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 09.11.2014 | Weddings

It's not uncommon that as we get older, friends and family start doling out advice for our future (sometimes hypothetical) marriages. "Find a man that...

Why California Has to Enter the 21st Century With Its Standards

Murali Balaji | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Murali Balaji

California has long been a leader in education. It's time for its standards to catch up to its reputation.

Big History: Why We Fail to See Life as Life Sees Itself

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

My assumptions about history began to change 13 years ago. I was teaching a class called Media, Stereotyping and Violence when the tragic events of 9/11 overtook our lives. In the days that followed, my students and I confronted a question: Is all this violence inevitable?

The Ghosts of Restaurants Past

Karl Wilder | Posted 09.11.2014 | Taste
Karl Wilder

It was once the hottest reservation in town, filled with celebrities both before and after the theater.

"Big Wheel Keep on Turnin'": Slavery, Capitalism, and The Economist

Jim Downs | Posted 09.10.2014 | Books
Jim Downs

The brouhaha surrounding Bapitst's book, nevertheless, offers an opportunity to consider what is at stake in this allegedly new move to consider the history of capitalism in the context of slavery.

How the Middle Ages Really Were

Quora | Posted 09.08.2014 | Weird News
Quora

What are examples of things that are "common knowledge" about history that historians almost universally consider incorrect?

September 11, 2001

Vicki Cobb | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Two days after September, 11, 2001, still dazed and in grief, I wrote a poem for children, trying to make sense of the horrific events we had witnessed.

Ideally, A Journalist...

Carol Smaldino | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

Ideally, journalists attempt to bring us the truth. And we will value their lives and contributions fully, as fully as we can, if we attempt to not only value their having lived, or even avenge their deaths.

Remembering Katrina and Surviving the Loss of Everything

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

The sudden sweep of a natural or personal disaster can happen at any time causing loss of life as well as treasured property and possessions. Ancient physician Galen reminds us that resiliency should not be left to chance.