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Beyond Homan Square: US History Is Steeped in Torture

Throughout its history, the United States has tortured people and still does, in various forms. (Photo: Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of …

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Why States Are Fighting About American History Class

Library of Congress<p>Original Image by Kermit Roosevelt / Library of Congress<p>Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME / Original Image (c) The New …

History Goes To The Illustrators: 'A Contrarian History Of The United States'

On this week's episode of <i>Alt.Latino</i>, we feature two groundbreaking Latinos. Lalo Alcaraz is a Mexican-American cartoonist, best known for his work on the comic strip La Cucaracha; it's the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip. Ilan Stavans is a Mexican-American …

How Coffee Influenced The Course Of History

Coffee is a powerful beverage. On a personal level, it helps keep us awake and active. On a much broader level, it has helped shape our history and continues to shape our culture.<p>Coffee plants grow wild in Ethiopia and were probably used by nomadic tribes for thousands of years, but it wasn't until …

Survey shows public confidence in U.S. government at record low

A major survey finds Americans' confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows.<p>The 2014 General Social Survey finds only 23 per cent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, 11 per cent in the executive branch and 5 per cent in Congress.<p>By …

How China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th Century

<b>By: Ana Swanson</b><p>China used more cement between 2011 and 2013 than the U.S. used in the entire 20th Century.<p>It’s a statistic so mind-blowing that it …

The Most Religious State in America is...

So this post may not relate directly to our blog's theme but I still think it's worth posting.<p>Historian Paul Harvey of the Religion in American …

The Top Colleges and Grad Schools To Study Game Design

One of the best schools in the world to study computer game design started out as a private company. DigiPen Institute of Technology, a for-profit school with 1,200 students in Redmond, WA, was founded in 1988 as a computer simulation and animation company based in Vancouver. As the company grew, …