Category: History

Jill Richardson: What’s the Point of Studying History, If Not to Learn From the Past?

What parts of the ugly side of our history have we retained, even unintentionally? Understanding these lessons is the whole point of studying history

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Walden Bello: The Lockean Roots of White Supremacy in the U.S.

How John Locke’s theory of property — and its racist exclusion of Black and Indigenous people — explains U.S. history from 1776 to January 6

Jason Stanley: Movie at the Ellipse: A Study in Fascist Propaganda

Scholars on the Nazis and anti-Semitism have seen this before

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Nikos Raptis: Nazis, ‘Commies’, etc (Part 2 of 3)

The Nazi monstrosity gave birth to a unique positive development: the Nuremberg Tribunal, the idea that all the people of the entire planet should judge and punish the Nazi-type criminals

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Andrew Latham: How 3 prior pandemics triggered massive societal shifts

Will the bumbling efforts of the open societies of the West to come to grips with the virus shattering already-wavering faith in liberal democracy, creating a space for other ideologies to evolve and metastasize?

Scott N: The War at Home – Rebellion

A history of class war in the U.S.

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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