American history

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Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
Photo from Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Celebration of the Redemption of America’s Principles

Nearly 200 years after the vision expressed in the Declaration of Independence, and nearly 100 years after the bloody Civil War and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King Jr. answered the call and ultimately sacrificed his life to finish the work he described as making people, “free at last, free at last.” Read More ›
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A New American Poverty

The new American poverty is not primarily an economic phenomenon – it has become a social, familial and psychological problem that reaches the very foundations of our social order. Read More ›
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Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Defending American Values, and History

In a speech yesterday at the National Archives, President Trump elevated a formerly obscure academic discipline — critical race theory — into a major theme in his campaign for reelection. Read More ›
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The Original American Idol

Today we merge Washington’s birthday with the birthdays of other presidents and submerge them all in clothing and appliance sales. But it was not always so. Americans in past centuries celebrated Washington’s birthday as a winter version of the Fourth of July. Americans in Cambridge, Williamsburg, Richmond and Milton, Conn., were already celebrating Washington’s birthday even before the end of Read More ›