Do American Women Still Need an Equal Rights Amendment?

We’re already living in Phyllis Schlafly’s nightmare.

What Presidential Announcements Reveal About the Candidates

The speeches present the country’s condition as a puzzle that’s missing one piece, which the candidate can supply.

“My Dear Master”: An Enslaved Blacksmith’s Letters to a President

This document is the rarest of items in the Library of Congress's manuscript collections: a letter written by an enslaved person.
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Guilty of Miscegenation

A look at anti-miscegenation laws across the United States.

100 Years Later, Dearborn Confronts the Hate of Hometown Hero Henry Ford

Dearborn, proud home of Henry Ford, has addressed the auto pioneer's anti-Semitism in the 1920s, which flourishes today on extremist websites.

A Historian on How Trump’s Wall Rhetoric Changes Lives in Mexico

Ana Raquel Minian explains why the U.S. did not always find it necessary to lock up people seeking asylum.

Blackface, KKK Hoods and Mock Lynchings: Review of 900 Yearbooks Finds Blatant Racism

In an extensive search of college yearbooks, we found blackface and Ku Klux Klan photos like Ralph Northam's far beyond Virginia.

Precedents of Presidents

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The Assassination of Fred Hampton

The young Civil Rights activist was killed in the dead of night by police and the FBI. Who was Fred Hampton?

When Roger Stone Flashed Nixon’s ‘V-for-Victory’

The Republican operative transformed the infamous gesture from a symbol of defiance to a simple farce.

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