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What Witches Have in Common (Hint: It's Not the Hat)

Katherine Howe | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Katherine Howe

Witches are tricky. If I say the word "witch" to you, I suspect an immediate image comes to mind. It involves a broomstick, a hat, an ill-tempered fel...

Macostism and the Redskins

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 10.29.2014 | Sports
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

"Mascotism," as we might name the use of terms, stereotypes, and images, touches on the very difficult issue of colonialism, domination and racism that is so deeply entrenched in American history and society.

The Role of Corporate Partners in National Park Philanthropy

Neil Mulholland | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Neil Mulholland

I am often asked what my thoughts are on philanthropy's role in helping to protect and preserve our national parks. It is a fair question and I feel strongly about the answer. Philanthropy, in all forms, is essential to the existence and future of America's national parks.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 1

Dave Kreissman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture are not a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

Common Core and the End of History

Alan Singer | Posted 10.27.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

As part of their effort to promote new national Common Core standards and mystically prepare students for non-existing 21st century technological careers, the New York State Board of Regents voted unanimously that students did not have to pass history exams to graduate from high school.

Halloween Food Drive Shadowed by Ghostly Legend

William Lambers | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

In Delhi, Ohio this Wednesday (October 29) a Halloween celebration will take place at Mount St. Joseph University. A "spooky" tunnel and lots of candy are the feature attractions.

Want a Chance to Go Inside Villa Lewaro? Start with a Pledge

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.27.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust hosted several influential writers and bloggers from the New York City area in August 2014 to tour historic Villa Lewaro. Writt...

These Punctuation Marks Look Absolutely Nothing Like They Used To

Keith Houston | Posted 10.27.2014 | Books
Keith Houston

The comma is one of the oldest marks of punctuation. It was created over 2,300 years ago by a Greek scholar named Aristophanes, head of the fabled Library of Alexandra, in a punctuational big bang that also gave us the colon and the period.

7 'Modern' Inventions That Are Actually WAY Older Than You Think

Posted 10.27.2014 | Technology

There are some historical facts you just know without having to fire up your smartphone. Ice cream? Clearly came after refrigeration. The digital came...

The Handshake of Asia's Dreams?

Alexis Dudden | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Alexis Dudden

Rumor has it that in early November, on the sidelines of the big, Asian regional economic meeting called APEC China's President Xi Jiping and Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo might shake hands.

That One Time America Accidentally Dropped a Nuke on South Carolina

Roadtrippers | Posted 10.28.2014 | Weird News
Roadtrippers

In the history of terrible mistakes, accidentally dropping a nuclear bomb on your own country has to rank pretty damn high. That's exactly what happened when a really, really stupid accident resulted in America tossing an atom bomb on rural South Carolina.

Looking Back to Move Peace Forward: A Lesson for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Juliana Maio | Posted 10.24.2014 | World
Juliana Maio

We owe it to younger generations to be the ones to tell them these truths. The youth of the Middle East -- Muslim and Jewish alike -- need to know that we were once brothers and sisters. How else can we stop the hatred that every day grows more and more vicious?

The Attempts by the School Board of Jefferson County, Colorado to Erase Significant Chunks of Our Nations' History Has Not Gone Unnoticed

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 10.23.2014 | Education
Stephen M. Sweeney

History should not be rewritten or reinterpreted because of an ideological agenda. We want young people to learn the truth about our history. We learn from our history and it can guide us to do more and to do better.

5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn't Learn In Social Studies

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 10.25.2014 | Black Voices

Edward Baptist's new book, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism", drew a lot of attention last month after the...

These Incredibly Brave Pioneers Changed The Face Of Space Travel...And You've Probably Never Heard Of Them

Posted 10.29.2014 | Science

It only took us 200,000 years. In the 200,000 years of homo sapiens, we poked around down here a bit and then marched off our blue-quilted rock to...

These 6 Creepy, Abandoned Islands Are Definitely Not Suitable for Your Next Vacation

Posted 10.23.2014 | Entertainment

Don’t let Hawaii or Tahiti fool you: islands are scary. For every tropical paradise, there’s some Shutter Island or Island of Dr. Moreau -- from w...

Remembering Vietnam, Ministry-of-Truth Style

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Jeremiah Horrigan

It was our duty, they said. The government wouldn't lie to us. Serving our country would make men of us. We didn't know what war was, but we would find out. And we did. And few of us will ever forget what have commonly been called "the lessons of Vietnam."

"Do Big Things": Madam C.J. Walker's Great-Great-Granddaughter on History, Ancestors, and Villa Lewaro

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Left: A portrait of Madam Walker; Right: A'Lelia Bundles, Walker's great-great-granddaughter. Written by A'Lelia Bundles Every time I walk throu...

Jack Fry's Triumphant Einstein! Premieres in Hollywood

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Shifting from autobiography to biography, Fry breathes fresh life into one of history's greatest minds (much like Val Kilmer's brilliant channeling of Mark Twain) with the funny, touching, and intimate, Einstein! at Hollywood's Lounge Theatre Fridays and Saturdays through November 22.

Stone Discovered In Jerusalem May Answer A Nearly 2,000 Year-Old Question

The Associated Press | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists said Tuesday they have discovered a large stone with Latin engravings that lends credence to the theory that...

'Liberators' -- a Talk With James Wesley, Rawles

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Wesley, Rawles, a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and present-day survivalist, is the author of the novels, Expatriates, Founders, Survivors, and Patriots, all of which deal with the possibility of a coming global collapse.

My Full-circle Moment With Madam C.J. Walker's Legacy

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Here was a woman, a black woman no less, making tremendous strides in business in a time before women even had the right to vote.

The Next Chapter for Villa Lewaro, Madam C.J. Walker's "Dream of Dreams"

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.20.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

What if you could take a private tour of the site, followed by a high-end spa experience? Or host a formal wedding or company retreat there? These are just a few of the concepts for reusing one of the premiere landmarks in African-American and women's history, and the moment is now to bring the ideas to life.

Melvina's Descendants, Michelle Obama's Cousins

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
Megan Smolenyak

Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.

What Was It Like to Be in the Soviet Union Just After It Collapsed?

Quora | Posted 10.17.2014 | World
Quora

I was 18-20 at the time. It was a very difficult time, and I would not characterize it as a feeling of freedom. Freedom was the last thing everyone was thinking about, but the inflation, food, and shortage of everything else were foremost on everyone's mind.