american-history

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Bob Moses played a critical role in civil rights and math literacy for Black students | Opinion

BY: - July 30, 2021

By Hasan Kwame Jeffries As an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s, Bob Moses traveled to the most dangerous parts of Mississippi to help African Americans end segregation and secure the right to vote. But it would be tutoring students in math 20 years later at his daughter’s racially mixed middle […]

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I’m a child of Holocaust survivors. We have to stop our slide into totalitarianism | Chuck Ardo

BY: - July 25, 2021

My parents warned me that what happened in Germany could happen here. I fear I’m now watching it happen in slow motion.

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Poverty in 2021 looks different than in 1964. But the U.S. hasn’t changed how it measures who’s poor since LBJ began his war | Opinion

BY: - July 13, 2021

If the U.S. ever hopes to finally win the war LBJ began in 1964, the poor need to be seen in order for the government to lift them out of poverty.

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This is why reparations are always about more than money | Opinion

BY: - July 12, 2021

Past atrocities do not end when the physical violence comes to an end. The violence continues to affect the social, cultural and economic lives of those targeted far into the future.

A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools in Pa., nationwide

BY: - July 9, 2021

Some advocates want Congress to take the next step and create a formal truth commission. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in the coming weeks plans to reintroduce legislation forming one.

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What, to the slave, is the Fourth of July? | Frederick Douglass

BY: - July 4, 2021

In July 2020, as the United States found itself at a reckoning point on civil rights, the Capital-Star ran excerpts from a speech on the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by the abolitionist and advocate Frederick Douglass in Rochester, N.Y., July 5, 1852. With that dialogue ongoing in 2021, we are continuing that embryonic tradition.

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What to the descendants of enslaved people is the Fourth of July? | Opinion

BY: - July 4, 2021

The voting rights of formerly enslaved people in America are currently under attack. We demand access to the ballot without any undue hindrance to our right to vote. 

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Benjamin Franklin’s fight against a deadly virus: Colonial America was divided over smallpox inoculation, but he championed science to skeptics | Analysis

BY: - July 2, 2021

Then, as now, people on the side of science had to fight skeptics. And then, as now, those efforts weren't always successful.

Pa.’s U.S. House Republicans split on vote to remove statues of Confederate leaders, bust of Dred Scott author

BY: - June 30, 2021

The effort is the latest move by congressional Democrats to undo Confederate symbols on Capitol Hill and other federal property.

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Texas is whitewashing its racist history | Dick Polman

BY: - June 14, 2021

Defending slavery was a major impetus for Texas' decision to break away from Mexico and establish an independent republic.

Filibusted: Experts say the time has come to end Senate practice

BY: - June 3, 2021

Even the stuffy, florid name of the procedure, “filibuster” sounds like something conceived around a table of wig-wearing Founding Fathers.

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Tulsa Massacre at 100: A lesson in Black bravery and resilience | Michael Coard

BY: - June 1, 2021

Like a Black phoenix literally rising from the ashes, Black folks courageously pushed onward and upward.