• Looking Forward to the Semiquincentennial (after Looking Up What That Means)

    by M.J. Rymsza-Pawlowska

    Will the observance of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence be a moment of national unity or the moment when a simmering conflict over the nation's history erupts into open conflict? The key lies in using the commemoration to look forward. 

  • Get Ready Now for the Storm of Takes Coming at America's 250th Birthday

    by John Garrison Marks

    Major anniversaries tend to crystallize debates about how Americans learn and remember history. America's 250th will follow a presidential election and years of political argument about the teaching of history and make all parties eager to win the symbolic war.