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  • Originally published 10/30/2017

    Virginia church to move plaques honoring Lee and Washington

    In response to violent protests over the fate of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year, a 244-year-old Episcopal church in Alexandria is planning to move a set of plaques honoring former parishioners Robert E. Lee and George Washington.

  • Originally published 09/22/2017

    The Descent of Democracy

    Khalil Gibran Muhammad

    Trump is indeed a threat to democracy but it is important to recognize that the threats are not new.

  • Originally published 09/05/2017

    The Relevance of History

    Rick Shenkman

    History's never been more relevant.  That's something all of us need to acknowledge, even the president.

  • Originally published 08/18/2017

    What It Means to Censure a President

    Rick Shenkman

    We've censured presidents before. No one remembers this.   If you want to make history, impeach a president. Censures don’t seem to mean much.

  • Originally published 08/18/2017

    America Was Never White

    Joe Krulder

    The alt-right’s rhetoric of Heritage is pure myth, a fabrication of a false past, creating memory where none existed.

  • Originally published 08/16/2017

    How the Nazi Flags in Charlottesville Look to a German

    Soon after the end of World War II, the Germans banned swastikas and other Nazi emblems, and the German people, not to mention the police, do not tend to react well when the symbols of that era are put on display.

  • Originally published 08/15/2017

    White Supremacy in the Age of Trump

    Keri Leigh Merritt

    Never forget that this country has a long history of upper-class whites using racism to their advantage.

  • Originally published 08/13/2017

    White nationalists picked Charlottesville for a reason

    Long a haven for racists – it was the last town in America to desegregate schools following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Brown v. Board of Education – Charlottesville turned liberal and this spring voted to remove a Confederate monument to Robert E. Lee.

  • Originally published 05/21/2013

    Monticello works to include slavery

    Monticello is one of the region's most popular landmarks, bringing in tourists from around the country to view the mansion and garden of Thomas Jefferson.But it's also a former plantation with deep racial history that's often been overlooked on tours and in public dialogue.Monticello opened in 1923, and for the first 50 or so years there was little, if any, mention of slavery."For a long time it wasn't a topic that was talked about," said Gary Sandling, the vice president of visitor programs and services for Monticello. "There would have been talk of servants, or field hands, or a skilled workforce," he said....

  • Originally published 05/14/2013

    Papers shed light on Thomas Jefferson

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Manuscripts and other materials that offer new perspectives on Thomas Jefferson are being donated to the foundation that owns his estate.The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was to formally accept 2,500 manuscripts, works of art and decorative objects at a reception Tuesday afternoon at the Jefferson Library at Monticello. The items donated by Sister Margherita Marchione are related to Jefferson’s longtime friend, Philip Mazzei.“The materials shed new light from different angles on Jefferson, Monticello, and the whole founding generation,” Jack Robertson, Monticello’s foundation librarian, told The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/10UNnTC )....

  • Originally published 08/23/2017

    I Am An Antifa

    Steve Hochstadt

    It was dangerous when my father and father-in-law and their whole generation went off to fight fascism on opposite sides of the globe. It was dangerous when young Americans volunteered to fight Jim Crow in the South in the 1960s. The defenders of American fascism and their fellow travelers want to make that dangerous now.

  • Originally published 08/16/2017

    The Right Words

    Mark Byrnes's Facing Backwards

    Trump was failing a basic obligation of leadership. He did not pay tribute to virtue.