The Louis Round Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (2008).

Want to Save the Humanities? Make College Free

It's time to shift the social contract of education away from short-term job training toward long-term development.
Sphinx created in 1872 by sculptor Martin Milmore in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

American Sphinx

Civil War monuments erased an emancipated Black population, but the Sphinx looked to an integrated Africa and America.
11th grade students engaged in the Zinn Education Project lesson,

What It Felt Like

If “living history” role-plays in the classroom can so easily go wrong, why do teachers keep assigning them?

Undistorting the Civil War

A new museum in the former capital of the Confederacy situates the conflict in the history of slavery and freedom.
A human Confederate flag at the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia (1909).

Why White Southern Conservatives Need to Defend Confederate Monuments

Confederate monuments were essential pieces of white supremacist propaganda.
Eric J. Hobsbawm speaks at the Leipzig book fair in the eastern German city of Leipzig (1999).

Eric Hobsbawm, the Communist Who Explained History

Hobsbawm saw his political hopes crumble. He used that defeat to tell the story of our age.
The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee stands in the center of the renamed Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia (2017).

Mistaken Ruling over Lee and Jackson Statues Extends Charlottesville Harm

The Lee and Jackson statues were erected not to mourn their deaths, but to glorify their character.
Image from the cover of

No Man’s Land

In ignoring the messy realities of westward expansion, McCullough’s "The Pioneers" is both incomplete and dull.

The Inventor of Mother’s Day

Anna Jarvis spent years fighting the holiday’s commercialization, but that may have hastened its descent into Hallmark territory.
The Mother's Day gift shop on Amazon.

It Was History All Along, Mom

Why did I never recognize all the important and valuable stories my mother told me as "history"?
Descendants of American Southerners wearing Confederate-era uniforms pose for pictures at a party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War in Santa Barbara d'Oeste, Brazil, April 26, 2015.

Brazil’s Long, Strange Love Affair with the Confederacy Ignites Racial Tension

In Brazil, some descendants of defeated Confederate immigrants still believe the war for secession was a noble cause.
A London anti-slavery tract printed in the collection,

The Consequences of Forgetting

The reparations struggle is about remembering that America was built on slavery, but also about fighting for all working people.