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Roundup

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.




  • Changing Hearts and Minds Won’t Stop Police Violence

    by Matthew Delmont

    White Americans have embraced approaches to fighting racism that involve individual attitudes and interpersonal courtesy while ignoring calls to substantively redistribute power and resources and accept true equality of citizenship.



  • George Floyd’s Death Is a Failure of Generations of Leadership

    by Elizabeth Hinton

    To begin to dismantle the socioeconomic conditions that led to Mr. Floyd’s premature death, we can look to the principles of community representation and grass-roots empowerment that steered the early development of Johnson’s domestic program.



  • The Damage Trump Has Done This Week Extends Far Beyond America’s Borders

    by Mary L. Dudziak

    Concern that Orval Faubus's defiant stand for school segregation in Arkansas would sully America's reputation abroad pushed Dwight Eisenower to deploy the National Guard in the interest of both racial justice and American leadership. Calls to deploy the military today must consider this context.



  • Organizing the Rich or the Poor?

    by Liz Theoharis

    Instead of looking to national leaders or the rich, a 1968 incident should remind us to recognize the need to organize the political power of the poor for self-determination.



  • George Washington Would Have So Worn a Mask

    by Maurizio Valsana

    The genre “What would X do?” – where X stands for a noted figure in history, say Jesus or Dolly Parton – is silly. And yet, as a scholar writing a new biography of George Washington, I can’t help making a bold declaration: The Father of His Country would wear his mask in public.



  • Donald Trump May Not Be Herbert Hoover

    by Tom Engelhardt

    Trump, unlike President Herbert Hoover, may usher us into a true Great Depression and possibly not suffer a staggering defeat at the polls in November, as that president did in 1932.



  • A 'Hamilton'-esque Scandal Helped Give Trump His Cudgel

    by Gautham Rao

    The real impediment to Trump's use of the Insurrection Act is historical precedent and norms; If Trump doesn't have any regard for them, there is little to stop him from following through on his pledge to deploy the military in American cities. 



  • Bashing Administrators While the University Burns

    by Gabriel Paquette

    A history professor argues that administrators and faculty must close ranks to reform a university system that is based on unsustainable student debt.



  • This is the Presidency George Wallace Never Had

    by Max Boot

    The president is pouring gasoline on the flames of racial division, and the Republican Party is holding the jerrycan for him. This is where the Southern Strategy has led after half a century.