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Teaching Charlottesville and Confederate Monuments

For those of you looking for resources surrounding the recent events in Charlottesville and the broader Confederate monument debate, I highly …

Teaching

George Washington: John Quincy Adams’s “great Patron”

For as long as teenagers have had bedrooms, they've been pinning their role models up on the wall--;a favorite singer, a beloved actor, the best ball …

John Quincy Adams

The Anti-Hero Who Created America’s Special Forces 250 Years Ago

The French and Indian War hero excelled at only one thing: He was a superb warrior—so good, in fact, that the Army’s Ranger school still uses his …

100 Years Ago Today, the American Empire Was Born

Despite the best efforts of Fightin' Bob LaFollette.<p><i>(Permanent musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Favourite Living Canadian)</i><p>This is the 100th anniversary of one of the great lost turning points in American history, a moment in which the old republic finally died and …

War

Andrew Jackson at 250: President's legacy isn't pretty, but neither is history

<i>Editor's note: H.W. Brands is the author of “Andrew Jackson” and other works of American history. He is a professor of history at the University of</i> …

Black History

Introduction to Political Philosophy: A Free Yale Course

Democracy is not a given. The Greeks experimented with it. Then it faded into oblivion, only to return many centuries later. Nowadays, democracy …

What the politics of presidential term limits teaches us about violating norms

President Obama leaves office this week because, among other things, the Constitution says he has to. A few weeks ago, he suggested that if he’d been allowed to be on the ticket, he would have beaten Trump. But because of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, we’ll never know. As of Friday, only …

A Sack Filled With an Enslaved Mother’s Love

The story of slavery in the United States is one of brutality, splintered families, and erasure. For many descendants of enslaved people, genealogies …

Robert Burns and the fight to end slavery

<b>Robert Burns, the great Scottish bard, never travelled to America but his poetry and songs had a profound effect on the emerging nation.</b><p>Burns' work was wildly popular in the US from the moment it was first reproduced by "pirate" printers in Philadelphia in 1787 and it had a huge impact on the views …

Black History

Guest Post: Dress and West African Desire

Today at The Junto, guest poster Jessica Blake writes about the influence of African fashion in French New Orleans

American History

The Amazonian Expedition That Nearly Killed Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was never a fan of idle vacations. Whether ranching in the Dakotas, cougar hunting in Arizona, or going on a yearlong safari in …

Canoeing

5 Things to Know About the President Whose Portrait Donald Trump Chose for the Oval Office

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump picked a portrait of his predecessor Andrew Jackson to hang in the Oval Office, the New York <i>Times</i> reports. This is …

Donald Trump

The Book That Bettered America

In his latest history, Randall Fuller explains how Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection helped the United States to evolve.<p>“May you live in interesting times,” the proverb goes, and it is an open question, still, whether those on the receiving end of the entreaty should consider themselves …

War

10 Historians on What Will Be Said About President Obama's Legacy

<i>As President Barack Obama wound down his eight years in the White House and President Donald Trump took office, TIME History asked a variety of</i> …

Barack Obama

How Free Trade Changed the Enlightenment World

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

Globalization

The Limits of Diversity

At what point would you start to express a strong preference for sameness?<p>I recently heard a man on a podcast describe a perfect planet as a place where differences in gender, race, class, sexual preference, and physical abilities are no longer cause for prejudices, “a hyper-accepting place without …

Organisms

Bills of Rights at 225: Framers put federalism at core of Bill of Rights

<i>Last in a 12-part series on the 10 amendments of the Bill of Rights.</i><p>More in the Series<p>Securing liberties of We the People<p>Limits on bails, fines, …

Bill Of Rights

What the “Santa Clausification” of Martin Luther King Jr. Leaves Out

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated annually on a federal holiday on the third Monday of January. Politicians across the political …

Who Designed the March on Washington?

<i>Editor's note: For those who are wondering about the retro title of this black-history series, please take a moment to learn about historian Joel A.</i> …

Black History

Why was the Zimmermann Telegram so important?

<b>Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of a remarkable success for British intelligence: but one that involved spying on the United States and then conspiring with its senior officials to manipulate public opinion in America.</b><p>On the morning of 17 January 1917, Nigel de Grey walked into his boss's …

Remembrance Day

Implicit Bias and American History

In the first presidential debate, Lester Holt asked Hilary Clinton to expand on prior comments regarding police violence: “Do you believe that police …

Echoes From the Presidential Election of 1800

July 4th, 1800 dawned unusually warm in the western Connecticut town of Danbury where Rev. Thomas Robbins, a recent Yale graduate, looked forward to an afternoon parade honoring American independence. Hardly an hour passed when a shocking, if unfounded, report arrived. "We had news of the death of …

Political History

Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom

The worse it gets, as I wade and stumble through the Great Dismal Swamp, the better I understand its history as a place of refuge. Each ripping thorn …

Archaeology

150 Years Of Immigration In America, Visualized

An interactive map shows how waves of diasporas from all over the world arrived in the U.S., from the 1850s to today.<p>Amid a flurry of anti-immigration rhetoric coming from certain GOP presidential candidates, a new interactive map reminds us just how much of our country’s foundation was built on …

Immigration

What A 19th Century Campaign To Declare Mormons ‘Non-White’ Tells Us About Modern Islamophobia

Much has been written about the unprecedented wave of Islamophobia currently sweeping the United States, with Muslim Americans falling victim to an …

Why President? How The U.S. Named Its Leader

The Presidents Day holiday got us wondering: Why do we call the leader of our country "president?"<p>When the founders were writing the Constitution in the 1780s, they had no idea what to call the executive officer. King? Absolutely not. They wanted something that sounded impressive but not …

Political History

The Power of Presidential Kids

We don’t vote for first children, but history tells us they can impact the country just the same.<p>When American voters cast their ballots for President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904 they probably didn’t expect that his daughter Alice, already known for her rebellious larks, would turn out to lay …

History

The End of the Black American Narrative

A new century calls for new stories grounded in the present, leaving behind the painful history of slavery and its consequences<p>By Charles Johnson<p>June …