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  • How to Steal an Election

    by How to Steal an Election

    Many of our election rules date from that moment, around 1900, when Americans redirected their “love of smart dealings” toward tightening up electoral systems, rather than finding ways around them.  



  • The Supreme Court Is Helping Republicans Rig Elections

    by Adam Serwer

    Historian Lawrence Goldstone supports the argument that today's Roberts Court is continuing the jurisprudence of the post-Reconstruction era by denying the racism of restrictions on voting even as nonwhite voters are disenfranchised. 



  • Arkansas History Books Carried Rebel Slant

    Arkansas historians Kenneth Barnes and Carl H. Moneyhon discuss the political influence of Confederate sympathizers and white supremacy over the content of history books in the state. 



  • American Fascism: It Has Happened Here

    by Sarah Churchwell

    A cultural historian of the American right argues that efforts to trace American allegiance to European fascist movements miss the point. There are American traditions of racial dictatorship, strident nationalism and populist demagoguery that have come close to converging in a homegrown form of fascism. 



  • Exclusive First Look at New Photograph of Blues Legend Robert Johnson

    Even if he didn’t sell his soul at the Crossroads, the massively influential Mississippi guitarist remains shrouded in mystery. An upcoming memoir from his 94-year-old stepsister brings new depth to Johnson’s mythos—and the third verified picture of him in existence.



  • May 18, 1896: Plessy v. Ferguson Decided

    On May 18, 1896 the Supreme Court's decision validated the "separate but equal" principle that was used to justify racial apartheid in the United States.



  • Ida B. Wells Honored with Posthumous Pulitzer

    Ida B. Wells's pioneering role as a journalist on the front lines of struggle against racist terrorism at the nadir of American race relations was posthumously recognized with a Pulitzer Prize yesterday.