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She slapped a Nazi in the face and staged one of the most dramatic acts of wartime rebellion

Mala Zimetbaum was the first Jewish woman to escape Auschwitz and she refused to let the Nazis decide her fate<p>“I will die a heroine, but you will die …

Auschwitz

The Nazis fooled the world for 16 days in 1936—and we’re allowing it to happen again

During just 16 days in 1936, Adolf Hitler reinvigorated the Nazi party in one of his most successful propaganda coups—hosting the Olympic games in Berlin. Using the sporting event as a platform to shape the party’s image in a more favorable light, Hitler had “every reason to be satisfied” after he …

Race, Religion and Radicalism: King and Du Bois

<i>*This post is part of our online forum on W.E.B. Du Bois @ 150</i>.<p>On the occasion of a dual anniversary—the year we ponder the 50th anniversary of …

The Navajo Nation Treaty of 1868 Lives On at the American Indian Museum

The Navajo Nation is the largest, acreage-wise, and most numerous, of the 500 or so Indian tribes that once roamed the land now known as the United …

‘Black Panther’ and the Real, Lost Wakandas

The blockbuster movie imagines an advanced African nation untouched by colonialism. That’s not fiction, it’s true history that was covered-up by …

The Revealing Ghosts of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

A new show at the New York Historical Society is less about two men who barely knew each other, than it is the story of the civil rights movement in …

Rough Road to Secession<p><i>Hallowed Ground Magazine, Winter 2010</i><p>The Southern States Secede. The Cambridge Modern History Atlas of 1912 details the …

Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket heading towards asteroid belt after overshooting Mars' orbit

Elon Musk's super-rocket has taken flight and overshot Mars' orbit, going further out into the solar system than originally planned.<p>His cherry-red Tesla, carrying a dummy and blasting Bowie's Life on Mars, was supposed to take a path around the Sun which would take it out into Mars' orbit.<p>It …

Falcon Heavy

The Shot That Echoes Still

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, fifty years ago this April, marked a blow to the struggle for racial equality from which the nation has still not healed. In an essay published in Esquire in April 1972, James Baldwin reflected on attending the funeral, and how King’s death signaled the …

Black History

'An Error the Contemporary World Cannot Understand.' Tony Blair's Stark Condemnation of Brexit

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday warned voters that time was running out to reverse Brexit, a folly he said would torpedo …

How Much Owner Salary Should S Corp Pay To Maximize Qualified Income Deduction?

My excitement about the 20% deduction for qualified business income has risen to a fever pitch. The day before yesterday, I spent going through client scenarios at a local CPA firm, where I play the role that the national office plays for the Big 4. I’m not saying I’m as good as the men and women …

Retirement

Deck the Halls with Vince Guaraldi

It’s that time of year. Most holiday Muzak seems to do little more than contaminate the air, but Vince Guaraldi’s contribution remains comparatively fresh. The four best tracks from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are in steady rotation. Guaraldi’s cover of “O Tannenbaum” is simple and “jazzy”; the …

Did You Catch the Huge Loophole in the GOP Tax Plan? The Rich Sure Did.

In September, shortly after the GOP released the initial framework for its so-called middle-class tax plan, multiple independent analyses revealed …

7 Changes to Social Security in 2018

Benefit, tax, and even qualifying guidelines are changing for America's most important social program. Here's what you need to know.<p>Though debatable, …

10 Best Car-Free Island Getaways

1 of 10<p>Fire Island, NY<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 10<p>Bald Head Island, NC<p>3 of 10<p>Mackinac Island, MI<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 10<p>Little St. Simons Island, …

Travel

The Secret of Churchill’s Darkest Hour: An American General in London

Right under the nose of an ambassador who thought the Brits were finished Raymond E. Lee told the White House it was otherwise—and he was …

Review: Ken Burns’s ‘Vietnam War’ Will Break Your Heart and Win Your Mind

“The Vietnam War” begins in reverse. After a brief introduction, there’s a sequence of familiar footage, running backward. Napalm is sucked out of the jungle. Bombs fall up. A prisoner springs to life as a bullet shoots from his head into the chamber of a gun.<p>The sequence feels like a mission …

Vietnam War

The War of 1812 (1812–1815) was a conflict fought between the United States and the United Kingdom and their respective allies. Historians in Britain often see it as a minor theater of the Napoleonic...

The War of 1812 (1812–1815) was a conflict fought between the United States and the United Kingdom and their respective allies. Historians in Britain …

World History

Income Inequality Is Making Rent Even Less Affordable

When inequality goes up, so, too, does the rent burden—especially for the lowest income residents.<p>It’snot news that both income inequality and rents have hit record highs, especially in expensive superstar cities and leading tech hubs. But to what extent do income inequality and rising rents go …

Housing

If your church didn’t speak up about Charlottesville, now is the time to leave

I should have left my church after Ferguson, the death of Philando Castile, and definitely after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. But …

The whys of increasing inequality: A graphical portrait

The graph below, based on the work of economists Gabriel Zucman, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, has been receiving considerable attention since it appeared in the New York Times last week. It shows the rate of annual income growth for adults at each percentile in the income distribution — from …

Income Inequality

Why Every Business Owner Needs to Master Copywriting (And 7 Free Resources to Start With)

Copywriting is difficult because it’s <i>nothing</i> like the writing we learned in college.Thanks for that, college!But the facts don’t lie:Content …

Marketing

'Detroit' Is The Most Irresponsible And Dangerous Movie Of The Year

The film is egregious, both in what it includes and what it omits.<p>The church was packed. “Watch accurate justice administered by citizens of the community,” a flier announced. “Review and watch the evidence for yourself.”<p>Nearly two thousand black people and a smattering of whites crammed into …

Black History

A Short Guide to the Vietnam War

What Everyone Should Know About the Vietnam Conflict<p>The Vietnam War was the prolonged struggle between nationalist forces attempting to unify the …

Vietnam

The nuclear bomb didn't beat Japan — Stalin did

The U.S. use of nuclear weapons against Japan during World War II has long been a subject of emotional debate.<p>Initially, few questioned President Truman's decision to drop two atomic bombs, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But, in 1965, historian Gar Alperovitz argued that, although the bombs did force …

These Blind Spots Prevent Gender Equality In The Workplace

A new survey reveals a crucial gap in men’s and women’s perceptions of gender equality in their own workplaces.<p>Here’s what we know: Our workplaces have a long way to go to achieve gender parity in everything from leadership positions to pay, despite the fact that women and men are nearly equally …

The Political Theology Of Trumpian Evangelicalism

God sides with the powerful.<p>Even as the disgraces, crassness, and affronts to human dignity increase almost daily in the Trump administration, many evangelical Christians continue to stand beside this regime. Although the words and actions of Trump’s government seem antithetical to Christian …

What made 17th-century England so unbearable that thousands risked the voyage to America?

<b>Tim Smith-Laing reviews Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World by James Evans</b><p>With all the political focus on immigration to these shores, it is easy to forget that anyone ever leaves Britain. But they do. Last year the Office for National Statistics recorded the emigration of 128,000 …

Ice Age

Here's where the government gets the money it spends in all 50 US states

Some of the taxes the government draws on to collect money include "a blueberry tax in Maine and a mosquito tax in Alabama," reports cost information …

Income Tax

How some rich people are trying to dismantle inequality

Ample research indicates that the growing problem of wealth and income inequality could stunt U.S. economic growth and undermine our democracy while …