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Roundup



  • The Campus Confederate Legacy We’re Not Talking About

    by Taulby Edmondson

    When a fraternity chapter sued him for defamation for remarking that it actively preserved the "Lost Cause" mythology of the Confederacy, the author went to the archives to defend himself. 



  • It Takes a Long Time to Vote

    by Jonathan Coopersmith

    No federal law governs wait times. Nearly two-thirds of voters in 2012 and three-quarters in 2018 waited less than 10 minutes. But long wait times are a chronic problem primarily for Latino and Black voters in “precincts with high minority populations, high population, and low incomes.”



  • McCarthy was anti-Communist. Was he also anti-Semitic?

    by Larry Tye

    McCarthy’s reckless accusations and trampling of witnesses’ rights were offensive to age-old Jewish values, with or without overt anti-Semitism. That’s easy to say in hindsight, but was also the verdict of Jewish Americans at the time. 



  • It is Time to Reconsider the Global Legacy of July 4, 1776

    by Elizabeth Kolsky

    American independence unleashed a hemispheric conquest by the United States and a renewed commitment to empire by Great Britain. Both projects relied on racism, violence, and the devaluing of black and indigenous lives. 



  • “A Keen Vision and Feeling of All Ordinary Life”: Pandemic Journaling in the History Classroom

    by Michelle Orihel

    Since memory is essential to functioning in our daily lives, we all think historically to survive, even if only to question ourselves: “Did I pay that bill yesterday?” In answering that question, we reconstruct yesterday’s actions in our minds and perhaps even search for physical (or in today’s case, digital) evidence of that task. There it is — historical thinking!



  • Why a Biden Administration Shouldn’t Turn the Page on the Trump Era

    by Kevin M. Kruse

    The Obama–Biden administration wanted to move forward rather than hold Wall Street bankers and CIA torturers accountable. If elected, Biden should follow FDR’s playbook and expose his predecessor’s corruption and mismanagement instead.



  • The Story Behind the Lee Statue in Richmond, Virginia

    by Peter Rachleff

    Now the time has come for the story of the Workingmen’s Reform Party, the building of Richmond’s City Hall, and the solidarity-based politics of the Black and white members of the Knights of Labor, to come out into the light.



  • How to Remember the Founders

    by Eli Merritt

    The Fourth of July is not a day to celebrate the Founders themselves, nor white independence, but the bracing principles and “inalienable rights” they fought for: freedom, equality and justice.



  • Trump is Running an Openly Racist Campaign

    by Max Boot

    Trump is running an openly racist campaign at odds with public opinion that has shifted against Confederate monuments and in favor of Black Lives Matter. So he prefers to pretend that he is battling against the unreasonable demands of “cancel culture” — and his supporters pretend to believe him. 



  • Productivity Moves With Our Bodies

    by Ángela Vergara

    Researching the professional and familial lives of women scientists brought the author face to face with the impact of domestic and family obligations on women's academic work during COVID-19.