History

The Forgotten March on Washington
It never happened—but still had more impact than today's reenactment
August 24, 2013

From the outset, recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington has been a matter of ratios: congratulation to critique, historical reflection to contemporary concerns.

The White Man Whose 'March on Washington' Speech You Should Remember Too
August 21, 2013

The 1963 March on Washington featured just one prominent white speaker.

What Wendy Davis Looked Like 20 Years Ago
The famous filibusterer as a Harvard Law Grad in 1993
August 16, 2013

The famous filibusterer as a Harvard Law Grad in 1993.

Daniel Ellsberg, the Original Big Leaker
Why a decades-old act of defiance still hasn't been surpassed
June 26, 2013

Daniel Ellsberg was a spiritual godfather to Snowden and Manning. But he was so, so different.

The Year of the Skyjacker
June 17, 2013

In 1972, they owned the skies.

Hearts of Darkness
The incoherence of the British Empire
June 10, 2013

Was there ever really a British Empire? Cartographers certainly wanted you to think so.

The Forgotten President
Woodrow Wilson was as important as FDR or LBJ. Why aren't we celebrating his 100th anniversary?
June 04, 2013

The first liberal Democratic president took office exactly 100 years ago this spring. So why aren’t contemporary liberals bestowing the same praise on Woodrow Wilson as they lavish on Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson?

Why America Never Had Universal Child Care
In 1971, a national day-care bill almost became law. Therein lies a story.
April 24, 2013

Following The New Republic's recent blockbuster day-care story, a historian describes a 1971 effort to create a national child-care program–and the backlash that ensued. 

Before Stonewall
In celebrating the most famous gay-rights skirmish, we slight the battles that came before
April 02, 2013

In celebrating the most famous gay-rights skirmish, we slight the battles that came before

Agit-Prof
Howard Zinn's influential mutilations of American history
March 19, 2013

Howard Zinn copied, pasted, and simplified his way to People's History of the United States. The rest of his scholarship wasn't much better.

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