by Eric Simanek
On the 4th of July of 1870, a 1,200 mile race between two steamboats on the Mississippi River was decided. The race attracted global interest. Reporters wrote about it. Gamblers wagered on it. People gathered and cheered for it.
NPR's Cokie Roberts and Rachel Martin Answer Listener Questions About Women And American Independence
Cokie Roberts answers listener questions and talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the role women played in America's fight for independence from Great Britain.
'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?': The History of Frederick Douglass' Searing Independence Day Oration
Douglass’ message — about America struggling to live up to the lofty goals it set for itself at the founding — continues to be relevant.
The Independence Day tradition dates nearly as far back as the country's beginning and was proposed by one of the Founding Fathers.
SOURCE: The Root
by Jason Johnson
In the third, forgotten stanza, Francis Scott Key refers darkly to the members of the Colonial Marines, a battalion of runaway slaves who joined with the British Royal Army in exchange for their freedom.
by Thomas Fleming
In our colleges and universities, too many people, from professors to students, are taking a moral approach to the past.
- Josh Hawley Earns F in Early American History
- Does Germany's Holocaust Education Give Cover to Nativism?
- "Car Brain" Has Long Normalized Carnage on the Roads
- Hawley's Use of Fake Patrick Henry Quote a Revealing Error
- Health Researchers Show Segregation 100 Years Ago Harmed Black Health, and Effects Continue Today
- Nelson Lichtenstein on a Half Century of Labor History
- Can America Handle a 250th Anniversary?
- New Research Shows British Industrialization Drew Ironworking Methods from Colonized and Enslaved Jamaicans
- The American Revolution Remains a Hotly Contested Symbolic Field
- Untangling Fact and Fiction in the Story of a Nazi-Era Brothel