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  • New York State's Lessons on Preventing a Crisis of Judicial Legitimacy

    by Bruce W. Dearstyne

    Forceful activism amid rapid social change results in legislation shot down by the most powerful court, leading to calls for sweeping court reform. This was New York State in the early 20th century. How the State Court of Appeals weathered this storm holds lessons for SCOTUS today, if the Justices and their critics care to learn from history.


  • What Happens When the "End Times" are Now?

    by Martyn Whittock

    Evangelical Christianity's enthusiasm for viewing current events as markers of the End Times is nothing new, but those tempted to mockery should nevertheless recognize how politically potent those ideas can be. 


  • A Year Later: Our Tattered and Fragile Democracy

    by James D. Zirin

    American political institutions face a crisis: can they defend themselves against a growing movement that will deploy violence to achieve its goals, or will January 6 become the new normal? 


  • A Passport Tells a Story of a Bygone Time

    by Ron Steinman

    The author's passport, with its pages added to accommodate the visas accrued through decades of foreign journalism, reflects an era of travel that might never return from the twin threats of COVID and the decline of international trust in the United States. 


  • In Critical Ways, the 1918 Flu Remains a Forgotten Pandemic

    by George Dehner

    The news has made many comparisons between the current pandemic and the 1918 influenza – especially the grim milestones of infections and deaths – but it's clear that lessons about public policy and public health practices based on the failures of the past remain unlearned.


  • That Stench is Coming from the Supreme Court

    by James D. Zirin

    The Supreme Court's oral arguments in the Mississippi abortion case seem to show a conservative bloc wholly unconcerned with precedent, principle, or the legitimacy of the judiciary as they rush ahead to end abortion rights. 


  • The Value of a "Greater Chaco" National Park

    by Richard Moe

    President Biden's decision to create a buffer zone around the Chaco Culture National Park protects not just a natural landscape but a potentially priceless trove of yet-to-be discovered artifacts and sites sacred to Native people today. 


  • Honoring Memory of the Sand Creek Massacre in the Age of COVID

    by Billy J. Stratton

    The community of descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre maintain rituals of healing that honor the dead while affirming bonds of community that have been tested by a long history of dispossession and the recent trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • DNA Testing Rescued Pearl Harbor's Dead from Patriotic Mythmaking

    by John Bodnar

    "When family members were asked for DNA samples and learned that long-lost loved ones might be coming home, they began to disclose to reporters aspects of the war’s legacy that had remained outside the glare of large public memorials and celebrations."


  • What Will We Lose if the Anti-CRT Movement Wins?

    by Roy E. Finkenbine

    "Conservative parents and pundits want to prevent white students from being exposed to the messiness and inequities of America’s past.  What will it mean if they succeed in doing so?"