Category: History

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca: The United States Is Not a Democracy. Stop Telling Students That It Is

A voter in Montana gets 31 times the electoral bang for their presidential vote than a voter in New York

Steve Fraser: The United States of Paranoia

Elites, whether theocratic or secular, may be inclined, like Mather, to resort to conspiracy mongering and even engage in their own conspiracies when the social order they preside over seems seriously out of joint

Clint Smith: Telling the Truth About Slavery Is Not ‘Indoctrination’

Our country is made better, not worse, by young people reckoning with the full legacy of the institution.

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Howard Zinn: Trump Calls Howard Zinn’s Work “Propaganda.” Hear the Historian in His Own Words

Teaching the unvarnished truth about history was the best way to combat propaganda and unexamined received wisdom

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Juan Cole: Trump doesn’t Understand History any more than he Understands Epidemics

Professional historians have always been skeptical and the very tools of their profession are seditious, because history teaches us that things could have been different (contingency) and can still be different

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Ariel Dorfman: The Meaning of Allende’s Triumph

I danced in the streets after Allende’s victory in Chile 50 years ago. Now I see its lessons for today

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Ariel Dorfman: “Death Is on the Ballot”

Lessons for the US, 50 Years After Allende’s Socialist Revolution in Chile

Paul Ham: Did the Atomic Bomb End the Pacific War?

The use of the atomic weapon must be seen as a continuation and a start: the nuclear continuation of the conventional terror bombing of Japanese civilians, and the start of a new “cold war.”

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: The Statues of our Discontent

The truth is that statues are a thing of the past only as long as they stand quietly in squares, as indifferent to us as we are to them

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Ron Daniels: Trampling on the Graves of Our Ancestors: Trump’s Juneteenth “MAGA” Rally in Tulsa

Like Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump will desecrate sacred ground to shamelessly promote his hollow but dangerous political ambitions

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