American History

American War

What holds a society together in the absence of common ideas?<p>Dystopian novels are a difficult genre: They need to be imaginative, edging on the far-fetched, while being just plausible enough to terrify. Omar El Akkad’s <i>American War</i>, which interprets the American South by way of the Middle East, …

Joel Osteen

Racial divides have been holding American workers back for more than a century

One hundred thirty years ago, white vigilantes shot some 60 African American farmworkers dead in Thibodaux, La.<p>In targeting black sugar workers, the gunmen were also targeting their union. It was a pivotal time for labor in the United States. Workers did not have a right to unionize, and strikers …

Social Justice

Identity Politics Began in the American Revolution

In the standard conservative telling, “identity politics” has its roots in postmodernism and the protest culture of the 1960s. But for a broader understanding of the tribalism that today besets both ends of the political spectrum, look back two centuries earlier, to the American Revolution and its …

Opinion

The Mediator

Pennsylvania Representative Matthew A. Dunn stood in front of the strikers, wearing dark sunglasses inside the Pittsburgh plant. The Pennsylvania …

Nonprofits

'The Post' is about the state of America, star Hanks says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg's new movie "The Post" isn't just a 1971 tale of press freedom or the place of women in the workplace.<p>It poses key questions about the United States today, star Tom Hanks says.<p>"I think it's a very good patriotic movie about 'what is the state of America?'," …

Entertainment

Is this a Real Photograph of Robert Mueller in Vietnam?

Although Robert Mueller is a Vietnam veteran, a viral photograph doesn't actually show the former FBI director during the war.

Robert Mueller

Museum Curator (Music)

Duties<p>Duties<p>Summary<p>This position is located in the Division of Culture and the Arts, National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian …

Employment

Maryland snow: Up to 3 inches possible this afternoon, one school closes in anticipation

It’s possible that one to three inches of snow will accumulate throughout the day Friday, and at least one Baltimore area school isn’t taking any …

Weather

Why college football bowl games are in such random places

America’s strangest postseason is spread all across the continent for a few reasons.<p>From Boca Raton, Fla. to Frisco, Texas to Shreveport, La., there are some college football bowl games in some truly unusual places.<p>Bowls are thought of as fun-in-the-sun exhibitions at the end of the season. But …

College Football

What Is The United States Doing In The South China Sea?

From the British’s colonization of the region to the nuclear explosions over Japan to the Khmer Rouge’s ethnic cleansing, the South China Sea has experienced some of the world’s deadliest conflicts. This region was been a bloody battleground for centuries.<p>Countries in the South China Sea have gone …

South China Sea

There are no quick fixes for the failing American university

A few days ago I woke up late for an early morning doctor’s appointment — which left no time for coffee. I grabbed what was in the pot, microwaved it, then hobbled out to my car. I didn’t know where I was going. A few clicks on my smartphone fixed that. I arrived just in time. My scheduled MRI went …

Higher Education

Fans use Civil War history to trash-talk Oklahoma-Georgia game

Every week, diehard college football fans take to the sport’s Reddit page to trash-talk each other, and it often gets pretty entertaining.<p>The topics and burns are always wide-ranging, but unexpectedly, Abraham Lincoln and some basic Civil War history was hilariously dragged into the conversation …

Rose Bowl

Famous names from the Galactic Civil War appear surprisingly often in the American Civil War.

<i>The first words of the opening crawl of the first Star Wars movie released are, "IT IS A PERIOD OF CIVIL WAR." To mark the release of Star Wars -</i> …

Star Wars

The 'Black-ish' Spinoff Was Inspired by a Meme

Never let it be said that memes are a waste of time. It's thanks to one that we're getting a "Black-ish" spinoff.<p>Coming to Freeform in early 2018, "Grown-ish" will follow "Black-ish" character Zoey (Yara Shahidi) off to college. The idea for the second series came to creator Kenya Barris one day …

TV

Music and the White House

Main Content<p>The White House is known by most people as the home and office of the President of the United States, but this famous residence also …

The White House

The 10 most-read posts of 2017

2017 was another incredible year on the museum’s blog. More than a few of our most-read posts focused on how the museum continues to grow with new …

Museums

What’s Not Happening With Mr. Jones

It’s your last chance to make a tax-deductible donation to CounterPunch in 2017. Help us gear up to fight the status-quo in 2018! Every dollar counts!<p>…

Liberal View

Registration is now open for the 2018 Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture – MilTech

December 5, 2017<p>On Friday, February 9, 2018 join Tennessee State University’s College of Liberal Arts and the Metropolitan Historical Commission for …

Black History

Give the Constitution for Christmas

Wishing you all the best this Christmas season. Hope you will take a moment to reflect upon the Christmas of 1776. Without the daring and courage of …

Delaware Valley

1st Jaeger Company von Hesse Cassel - American Revolutionary War Forums

The 1st Jaeger Company von Hesse Cassel is a German unit that is part of the The Brigade American Revolutionary War reenactment association. For more …

Military History

Keaton Jones' Father White Supremacist Doing Time

Social media pages belonging to <b>Keaton Jones</b>' estranged father are littered with white supremacy propaganda, although he hasn't posted in a while ... …

Racism

In "M*A*S*H," actor Jamie Farr wore famous hand-me-downs

As a kid and as a parent, I am all too familiar with the concept of hand-me-down clothes, the cost-cutting practice of wearing already "broken-in," …

Smithsonian

How a Thirst for Portuguese Wine Fueled the American Revolution

Madeira taxes stoked tensions, then paid for the war.<p>In the summer of 1775, as General George Washington outfitted his first mobile headquarters for …

Wine

College students’ tyrannical behavior must be stopped

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>How many conversations have we had with our friends, family and co-workers wondering what happened to the millennials? We expect a …

Education

Violin

Violin

Centrist Liberalism and the Myths of the American Past

We are now a full year into the Trump Administration, and a serious ideological challenge has yet to be leveled against the President. The political …

Black History

It’s time to rehabilitate Ulysses S. Grant — scorned hero of the Civil War

For all his faults, he was undoubtedly one of the great men of history, according to Ron Chernow<p>Last year, more than 6,000,000 people visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. By contrast, barely 80,000 went to General Ulysses S. Grant’s tomb in New York City. Some would argue that the neglect …

Ulysses S. Grant

Cycling across D.C. history

Since 2013, a group of “history buffs, bike nerds, and adventure junkies” have convened each year for a bike ride around Washington’s oldest monuments: boundary stones marking the edges of the 100-square-mile area that made up the original site for the nation’s capital.<p>This year’s 60-mile ride, …

Lifestyle

Historians recount Civil War battles in Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg live on Facebook

The small troupe trudged through the expansive field on Slaughter Pen Farm Wednesday morning, stopping intermittently under a clear winter sky and …

History

Corona Model K Adding Machine

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