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Walt Whitman: Come Up from the Fields Father

Open the envelope quickly,
O this is not our son’s writing, yet his name is sign’d,
O a strange hand writes for our dear son, O stricken mother’s soul!

October 21, 2022 · 1 Comment

Matthew J. Parker: The Misplaced Paean to the South

Southern disdain for centralized authority is an extension of the post-Civil War rebellion against federal efforts to impart a level of equality upon the scarred backs of freed slaves.

October 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Bill Lueders: Beyond Good and Evil | On Wendell Berry’s Brave New Book

A book by the celebrated author, poet, and farmer that takes on racism, the Civil War, and his life’s work.

October 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: America’s Right Wing Is Some Stoked To Erase Our Historical Sins

Biden: “Great nations don’t hide from their history. They acknowledge their past, both the triumphs and the tragedies.”

August 30, 2022 · 6 Comments

Kathryn Levy: The Story of Apples

They peered at the apples
in the Apple Museum, or the half remembered
pictures of apples.

June 22, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: The Breathtaking Courage of Harriet Tubman

Escaping slavery; risking everything to save her family; leading a military raid; championing the cause of women’s suffrage; these are just a handful of the accomplishments of one of America’s most courageous heroes.

May 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jason Baldinger: Copper Heads

america your wars are endless
but none is longer than the one
you’ve had with yourself

May 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Bill Moyers, Heather Cox Richardson: The Day the Confederate Flag Flew in the United States Capitol

What happened in the 1850s and what happened in the present are very similar in a number of ways, though the symbol of the insurrectionist Confederate army never flew in that nation’s capitol—not once—until January 6, 2021.

January 14, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: The Truth About the Confederacy in the United States (full version)

Jeffery Robinson, the ACLU’s top racial justice expert, discusses the dark history of Confederate symbols across the country and outlines what we can do to learn from our past and combat systemic racism.

August 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Nick Turse: What Does War Have to Do With Me

TRIPOLI, Libya — Sometimes war sounds like the harsh crack of gunfire and sometimes like the whisper of the wind. This early morning — in al-Yarmouk on the southern edge of Libya’s capital, Tripoli — it was a mix of both.

June 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Stubborn as a Mule

Dr. Cornell West makes an historical and ethical argument for justice in this award-winning film.

September 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

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