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The Right’s Long War On Howard Zinn Reaches The White House

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis.  “If you want to read a real history book,” Matt Damon’s character tells his therapist, played by Robin Williams, in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting, “read Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States.’ That book will knock you on your ass.” It is very unlikely that President Donald Trump knew who Howard Zinn was before he saw the name on his teleprompter. And it is even less likely that he’s read “A People’s H...
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Critics condemn Trump's rewrite of America's legacy of racism in DC speech

The president attacked a Pulitzer Prize-winning project on slavery in the US and announced his ‘patriotic education’ planDonald Trump on Thursday launched an extraordinary attack on American education at a history conference in Washington DC, downplaying America’s historic legacy of slavery and claiming children have been subjected to “decades of leftwing indoctrination”.Speaking at what was dubbed the White House Conference on American History, the president intensified efforts to appeal to his...
Tags: Race, US, America, US news, US politics, Washington Dc, Dc, Donald Trump, US education, Trump, American History, Trump Administration


The mystery behind the "lost colony" of Roanoke has finally been answered, disappointingly.

The first attempts to form a permanent English settlement on modern-day North America began in the late 1500s. Here's the Wikipedia summary of events: The English, led by Humphrey Gilbert, had claimed St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1583 as the first North American English colony by royal prerogative of Queen Elizabeth I. Roanoke was second. The first Roanoke colony was established by governor Ralph Lane in 1585 on Roanoke Island in what is now Dare County, North Carolina, United States. Followi...
Tags: Post, England, News, Wikipedia, Stephen King, America, Newfoundland, Colonialism, Batman, North America, White, St John, American History, Jamestown, Harlan Ellison, Lawson


Finally Getting on the ‘Hamilton’ Soul Train

Before Hamilton my knowledge of Alexander Hamilton was as thin as a $10 bill.  Where was Lin-Manuel Miranda when I was struggling through American History my junior year of high school? Oh, that’s right, he wasn’t born yet. Back in 1979 I was much more interested in movies, music, playing football and baseball, and girls […]
Tags: Filmmaking, Ken Burns, Hamilton, American History, Lin Manuel Miranda, Alexander Hamilton, Screenwriting


The Boston Public Library needs help transcribing 40,000 anti-slavery documents from the 19th century

This is a pretty cool — and historically important — project from the Boston Public Library! The Boston Public Library's Anti-Slavery collection—one of the largest and most important collections of abolitionist material in the United States—contains roughly 40,000 pieces of correspondence, broadsides, newspapers, pamphlets, books, and memorabilia from the 1830s through the 1870s. […] We need your help to turn our collection of handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th...
Tags: Post, News, United States, Slavery, Historic Preservation, Boston Public Library, American History, Transcription, US history, Abolition


There are 43 giant stone Presidential heads crumbling in a field in Virginia

As long as statues of historical figures (and what to do with them) is at the forefront of our cultural conversation, there's this from : The busts are all that remains of Virginia’s Presidents Park, a now-defunct open-air museum where visitors could once walk among the presidential heads. Presidents Park first opened in nearby Williamsburg in 2004, the brainchild of local landowner Everette “Haley” Newman and Houston sculptor David Adickes, who was inspired to create the giant busts after driv...
Tags: Post, News, Virginia, South Dakota, Statues, Houston, Williamsburg, American History, George Washington, Newman, Mount Rushmore, Everette, David Adickes, Busts, Presidents Park, US Presidents


The US Department of Justice was originally created to tackle white supremacy

Americanism has a weird obsession with vague notions of "law and order." At its core, there's nothing unique about a society whose existence depends on a collective respect for its own internal rule system — indeed, that's basically just a society. But those who buy the narrative of Good Ol' American Jingoism love to toss around their platitudes about being a "nation of laws," without giving much thought to what that actually means, or who is served by that law and order. Whatever the status quo...
Tags: Post, News, Georgia, Fbi, Racism, United States, Civil Rights, Kkk, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Black, Akerman, American History, US Department of Justice, Smithsonian Magazine, Confederate Army


The 1968 riots and what Trump could learn from LBJ

The demonstrations that have spread across the country since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May unavoidably invite comparisons with the massive riots that occurred in more than one hundred cities after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on 4 April 1968. The most serious disturbances broke out in Washington, DC. They began a short time after King’s death, resumed with ferocious strength the next day, and continued with gradually diminishing intensity for nearly two weeks....
Tags: Books, Featured, Minneapolis, Washington, America, History, Army, Johnson, District Of Columbia, King, Martin Luther King Jr, Riot, Trump, 1968, American History, Marion


Tearooms That WERE To Be Visited – Part 1

To say that COVID-19 has unprecedentedly altered the way we assess and live our lives is an understatement. Many of us now awaken every morning stifled by thoughts of despondence and volatility. Human existence has never been so frail and bleak, especially when COVID-19 is one’s very first pandemic. I started writing this post on St. Patrick’s Day, when I was supposed to spend the morn...
Tags: Travel, Tea, Asia, Boston, Taiwan, Wuhan, Boston Public Library, American History, Tsai, Boston Harbor, Central China, Fort Devens, Tea Rooms, American Tea, Camp Devens, Wuhan Hubei Province


The surprising scientific value of national bias

Emotions seem by their very nature to defy scientific analysis. Private and evanescent, and yet powerful and determining, feelings resist systematic observation and measurement. We are lucky to catch a glimpse in a facial expression or inflection of speech. The emotions of animals are all the more difficult. Without words to communicate what might be in their minds or on their nerves, animals–ranging from the complex to the simple–remain nearly a closed emotional book for even the cleverest expe...
Tags: Books, Featured, US, Senegal, History, Harvard, Thailand, Animal behaviour, Watson, Siberia, Venezuela, Animal Cognition, Griffin, Darwin, American History, Penn State


Is this the twilight of American culture?

The current pandemic is exposing deep-seated flaws in our health care and economic systems.Reinhold Niebuhr's 1952 book, The Irony of American History, claims our cultural arrogance works against us. Morris Berman's 2000 book, The Twilight of American Culture, focuses on America's social and economic collapse. A minority of public figures are currently pushing an agenda to "open" America for business as soon as possible. Though few in number, they have a relatively large soapbox, making their ...
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‘History Has Been Told About Men, for Men, by Men.’ How One Historian Wants to Bring a New Perspective to George Washington

Few Americans are as surrounded by legend as George Washington is. The first President of the United States is renowned as a military genius who led his troops to victory during the Revolutionary War, as a boy who displayed an honest conscience in the famous fable of the cherry tree and as the owner of what may be history’s most famous set of false teeth. Some of those legends land firmly in the realm of myth, and yet they have persisted in schools and in history books for more than two cen...
Tags: Books, News, Washington, Virginia, Uncategorized, America, History, United States, Presidents, Donald Trump, Edward, American History, George Washington, Mary, George, Martha


What American literature can teach us about human rights

The arrival of a new child destroys a household’s ordinary sense of time. At least, it did for us. When our first son was born last fall, two leading scholars had just published books that each, in their own way, describe how contemporary US fiction has been shaped by the dramatic rise of human rights in global politics since the 1970s. Despite their many differences, both these books—James Dawes’ The Novel of Human Rights (2018) and Crystal Parikh’s Writing Human Rights (2017)—argue that new ki...
Tags: Books, Featured, Human Rights, US, United States, Literature, Trump, American History, Dawes, Congressional, UN Convention, Arts & Humanities, Parikh, Trump Administration, Brian Goodman, Literary History


In America, trees symbolize both freedom and unfreedom

Extralegal violence committed by white men in the name of patriotism is a founding tradition of the United States. It is unbearably fitting that the original Patriot landmark, the Liberty Tree in Boston, sported a noose, and inspired earliest use of the metaphor “strange fruit.” The history of the Liberty Tree and a related symbol, the Tree of Slavery, illustrates American entanglements of race and place, nature and nation.The Liberty Tree was a specific elm (Ulmus americana) in the Province of ...
Tags: Books, Texas, Featured, California, Boston, Trees, US, America, Indiana, History, United States, Slavery, Brazil, Java, Republican Party, North America






A Troubled Sound Rings on in Danny Goldberg's 'In Search of the Lost Chord'

How plastic is the hippie? That's a question to dig in on. Some media will show you black and white photos adorned with flowers and smiles and peace signs while espousing the legendary, progressive steps taken by these individuals. Others will just tell you about The Altamont Speedway Free Festival, where drugs led to death and the party turned as sour as the beer on the Hell's Angels' breath that night. The truth lies somewhere in the air in between, under, and above all that, but Danny Goldbe...
Tags: Music, Media, Activism, Protest, Review, Book Review, Woodstock, Black Panthers, American History, Allen Ginsburg, Haight Ashbury, Goldberg, Sixties, Danny Goldberg, Akashic, Hippies


Pelosi’s Suggestion That President Trump Postpone the State of the Union Address Is Not as Strange as It Sounds

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump on Wednesday to postpone the State of the Union address, she gave him two options – reschedule the speech, or send it to Congress in a letter. Pelosi’s letter argued that the speech raised safety concerns because many members of the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, which handle security for the event, are furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. She noted that a State of the Union address has never before...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Uncategorized, House, Jimmy Carter, Secret Service, Nancy Pelosi, John Adams, Department Of Homeland Security, Wilson, Trump, Sotu


L.A. vs. Boston? This World Series is new, but city rivalry is real

Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton walks back to his position after the Boston Red Sox scored six runs on three home runs during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Workers prepare the field the day before game three of the National League Championship Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith B...
Tags: Boston, Angels, Sports, Sacramento, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Ted, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, Cambridge, Kings, Nba, Beverly Hills, Manhattan


Sitting down with author and historian Colin G. Calloway

The National Book Award is an American literary prize given out each year by the Nation Book Foundation. Five judging panels made up of writers, literary critics, librarians, and booksellers determine a long list, award finalists, and award winners for a selection of categories.We recently had the opportunity to catch up with historian Colin G. Calloway, whose book The Indian World of George Washington is a finalist for the Nonfiction National Book Award. In the interview below, Colin discusses ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Washington, US, America, History, National Book Awards, American History, George Washington, Colin, Native, Native America, Author Q&A, Native American History, Colin Calloway, Colin G Calloway


The ‘New Woman’ & American literature

In the late 19th and early 20th-century America, a new image of womanhood emerged that began to shape public views and understandings of women’s role in society. With the suffrage and labor movements, the “new woman” emerged. These modern women were attending colleges, rejecting domesticity, asserting themselves politically in public, and becoming a part of the cultural landscape through literature. As the 12th century progresses, the voices of women pushed for more self-discovery and freedom fr...
Tags: Books, Featured, New York City, America, History, Feminism, House, Literature, Connor, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, Morrison, American History


Sitting down with author and historian Colin G. Calloway

The National Book Award is an American literary prize given out each year by the Nation Book Foundation. Five judging panels made up of writers, literary critics, librarians, and booksellers determine a long list, award finalists, and award winners for a selection of categories.We recently had the opportunity to catch up with historian Colin G. Calloway, whose book The Indian World of George Washington has been longlisted for the Nonfiction National Book Award. In the interview below, Colin disc...
Tags: Books, Featured, Washington, US, America, History, National Book Awards, American History, George Washington, Colin, Native, Native America, Author Q&A, Native American History, Colin Calloway, Colin G Calloway


The multigenerational struggle for women’s suffrage in the United States [timeline]

The Women’s Suffragist movement spans multiple generations. 72 years passed between the Seneca Falls convention in 1848 and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. During that time, women skillfully organized, mobilized, and built a powerful social movement to achieve their long-sought goal. Let’s look back at the events that led up to that historical achievement nearly one century ago on 18 August 1920.  Gaining the right to vote was a huge accomplishment, but it did not automatical...
Tags: Books, Featured, History, United States, Labor party, Timeline, American History, Seneca Falls, Wikimedia Commons, Online products, Suffrage, US history, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, South While, Women's Suffrage, Oxford Research Encyclopedia


I’m Just Like My Country -- I’m Young, Scrappy, and Hungry

Back in 2014, on a whim (or possibly because I was reeeeeally stoned), I re-sorted the list of New Line shows into chronological order by when the shows originally debuted, to get a look at how our company has explored the history and evolution of the American musical theatre. It's cool to see how the art form has changed and reacted to world events over the twentieth century, but also how wide-ranging New Line's programming actually is. It's worth noting that never, in twenty-seven years have ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Theatre, Chicago, Paris, Verona, Hamilton, Broadway Musicals, American History, Scott Miller, Rodgers Hammerstein, Jacques Brel, New Musicals, Bonnie Clyde, Living Dead, Riverfront Times


Why Newly Discovered Video Footage of Franklin D. Roosevelt Walking Is a Big Deal

A tourist captured footage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking in 1935
Tags: News, White House, Uncategorized, American History, Franklin D Roosevelt, Franklin, Onetime


Drenched in words: LGBTQ poets from US history

John F. Kennedy stated that “When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” Poetry attempts to reclaim awareness of the world through language, an entirely human construct that can only be pushed so far but one that is pushed repeatedly and necessarily in order to articulate what it means to be human. Throughout American history, LGBTQ poets have explored myriad themes including identity, se...
Tags: Books, New York, Featured, US, America, History, Harvard, United States, Literature, John F Kennedy, Columbia University, Biographies, Brooklyn Bridge, Emily Dickinson, Bishop, Jim Crow


How well do you know the US Supreme Court? [quiz]

The Supreme Court is at the heart of the United States of America’s judicial system. Created in the Constitution of 1787 but obscured by the other branches of government during the first few decades of its history, the Court grew to become a co-equal branch in the early 19th century. Its exercise of judicial review—the power that it claimed to determine the constitutionality of legislative acts—gave the Court a unique status as the final arbiter of the nation’s constitutional conflicts. From the...
Tags: Books, Featured, Supreme Court, Court, America, History, Quiz, US supreme court, American History, United States of America, Arts & Humanities, Online products, Judicial Branch, Legal History, Judicial Review, Stephen Mann


Resisting doomsday: The American antinuclear movement

An aging TV personality occupies the White House. Representing the Republican Party, he denounces his predecessors for coddling the nation’s enemies. Not long after taking office, he begins rattling nuclear sabers with the country’s most dangerous nuclear rival, threatening complete destruction and promising victory in nuclear war. His rhetoric concerns people at home and abroad. Just as this description applies to Donald Trump in 2017, it also characterizes Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s. A l...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, California, North Korea, White House, US, America, Reagan, History, Ronald Reagan, Nato, Nuclear Weapons, Un, John F Kennedy, Republican Party


Prohibition and its discontents [Q&A]

The Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution banned alcohol from 1920 to 1933. Sometimes called the “noble experiment,” this disastrous public policy reduced tax revenues, made gangsters rich, and failed to stop drinking. Alcohol consumption did drop some, but regular drinkers turned to bootleg liquor and moonshine, some of which was deadly. In the following interview the historian W. J. Rorabaugh discusses prohibition and its discontents. Q: What was Prohibition, and when did it take place? ...
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