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This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • On Thanksgiving Day, Remember Fast Day

    by Dean Grodzins

    Americans have forgotten Fast Day, although it once was as important a holiday as Thanksgiving. In fact, it was paired with Thanksgiving and considered its necessary complement.

  • How the Chicken Built America

    by Andrew Lawler

    While the eagle landed on the country’s Great Seal and the turkey gets pride of place at our holiday dinners, neither bird can claim to have changed American culture more than their lowly avian cousin, the chicken.

  • Pentagon Newspeak

    by Stanley Kutler

    The Pentagon has hijacked the history of the Vietnam War.

  • The Myth of Thanksgiving

    by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

    “Thanksgiving” became a named holiday during the Civil War, but neither Pilgrims, nor Indians, nor food, nor the Mayflower—all essential to today’s celebration—were mentioned in Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation.

  • When Is a War Over?

    by Elizabeth D. Samet

    Knowing when — and how — to stop is a problem as old as war itself.

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  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.

  • Obama’s JFK Problem

    by Fredrik Logevall and Gordon M. Goldstein

    How the battle between the president and his joint chiefs chairman over Iraq recalls the early days of Vietnam.

  • 3rd Possibility: Coming Civil War in West Bank/ Jerusalem?

    by Juan Cole

    Observers of the evolution of the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians have long argued that there are only two likely outcomes of the alternating violence and diplomacy between the two sides that has gone on nearly 70 years now.

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