Category: History

Khury Petersen-Smith: The United States owes Black America reparations

Following centuries of exploitation, theft and discrimination, here is what a reparative economic agenda should entail

Jon Schwarz: Remembering How Dark Teddy Roosevelt Was

It is no exaggeration to call Teddy Roosevelt’s racial views Hitlerian. And while it’s extremely unpopular to say so, Nazism was not just rhetorically similar to European colonialism, it was an outgrowth and logical culmination of it

George Monbiot: Lying In State

History, as the government tells it, is one long lie, airbrushing a host of atrocities

Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole

Jeff Cohen: Let Us Name the System: “Racial Capitalism”

At every stage in U.S. history – beginning with the brutal dispossession of Native Americans and continuing through modern methods of injustice from redlining to mass incarceration and private prisons – U.S. racism has been inextricably embedded in the system of profiteering.  

Jonah Raskin: Cold War Bully: the Life and Crimes of Roy Cohn

As much as anyone else in the U.S., including Judge Irving Saypol who sentenced them, Cohn was responsible for the death of the Rosenbergs

Patrick Cockburn: British Leaders Have No Idea How Bad Slavery Was

It is the tendency of fervent Brexiteers like Rees-Mogg and Swayne to be ignorant not only of the history of other countries, but of the real history of their own

Robert Koehler: Globally uprooting a racist past

Not only have the protests against police violence gone global, but they have cut deep into Western history: into its racism and colonialism, which, until now, have remained quietly unquestioned and entrenched in our institutional “normal.”

Steve Early: Fifty Years Ago, Millions of Students Struck To End A War in Vietnam

Nixon’s unexpected escalation of an already unpopular war in Vietnam triggered a chain of events culminating in the largest student strike in  U.S. history

Maura Chhun: 1918 flu pandemic killed 12 million Indians

British overlords’ indifference strengthened the anti-colonial movement

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