Category: History

Tiffany Mitchell Patterson: What everyone should know about Reconstruction

What few history and social studies classes explore is how these changes to the Constitution made it possible for African American men to use their newfound political power to gain representation

Cal Winslow: The End of the Era: Nineteen Nineteen

The workers’ mood had shifted steadily to the left in the strike wave of the decade just ending, resulting in the growth of class consciousness and little interest in cooperation with employers

Nick Estes: U.S. stole generations of Indigenous children to open the West

Indian boarding schools held Native American youth hostage in exchange for land cessions

Jay Reeves: America’s Last Slave Ship Could Offer a Case for Reparations

The discovery of the last ship that brought Africans to the United States as slaves may offer a test case for reparations. Relatives of steamship owner Timothy Meaher, still live in Mobile. So do descendants of the people he enslaved

Sam Pizzigati: The GM Strike: A Century of Context

In deeply unequal societies, real gains for working people never come easy

American Historical Association: Statement on Domestic Terrorism, Bigotry, and History

As the largest organization of professional historians in the world, the AHA condemns the recent deployment of histories invented in the interest of bigotry, violence, and division

Steve Early: A GI Rebellion: When Soldiers Said No to War

While student demonstrators and draft resisters drew more mass media attention at the time, many military draftees, reservists and recently returned veterans also protested the Vietnam war—with equal fervor and often greater impact

Vann R. Newkirk II: The Great Land Robbery

How Federal Policies Dispossessed Black Americans of Millions of Acres

Paul Street: Uncle Sam was Born Lethal

Fascism won’t come to America. It will emerge out of American history

David Swanson: Southeast Asia Was Hit By a Record-Breaking Disaster Called the US

Review of “The United States, Southeast Asia, and Historical Memory,” edited by Mark Pavlick and Caroline Luft

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