Minuteman statue in Lexington, Massachusetts.

The American Revolution Revisited

A nation divided, even at birth.
Portrait of Gilbert Motier, the Marquis De La Fayette, as a Lieutenant General, 1791.

Why Has America Named So Many Places After a French Nobleman?

The Marquis de Lafayette's name graces more city parks and streets than perhaps any other foreigner
Virginia Dare, first child born in North America of English parents in 1587. (Painting ca. 1754)

How A Child Born More Than 400 Years Ago Became A Symbol of White Nationalism

Virginia Dare and the myth of American whiteness.
Rally to take down the Confederate Flag at South Carolina's State House.

Supporters of Confederate Symbols Have Less Knowledge of Civil War History

This negates a commonly used defense that Confederate symbols represent ‘heritage not hate’.
Demonstration for Philando Castile in St. Paul, July 7, 2016.

The Necessity of Juneteenth

The most famous Emancipation holiday is more necessary now than it has ever been.
A sweet potato pie cook-off at a Juneteenth celebration in Richmond, CA, June 19, 2004.

Juneteenth Is for Everyone

The holiday commemorating the end of slavery shouldn't only be celebrated by African Americans.
National Museum of African American History and Culture

‘Hey Boy, You Want To Go See A Hangin’?’: A Lynching From A White Southerner’s View

You cannot have reconciliation without empathy. And you can’t have empathy unless people know the past pain that informs our present.
Confederate Battle Flag

Myths & Misunderstandings

Understanding the complex history of the Confederate flag.
A statue of Robert E. Lee in Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University, formerly Washington College (June 28, 2005)

R. David Cox: After the Civil War, Robert E. Lee Led the Charge for Reconciliation

Lee should not be defined not only by his time as a Confederate general, but also by his actions after the war was over.

The Liberal Delusion of #ResistanceGenealogy

The effort to dig up information about the immigrant ancestors of prominent Trumpsters is doing more harm than good.
Reenactors act out the Battle of Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3, (2005).

Making Sense of Robert E. Lee

“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”— Robert E. Lee, at Fredericksburg
Zora Neale Hurston and an unidentified man during her 1935 trip to Florida for interviews.

Contraband Flesh

A reflection on Zora Neale Hurston’s newly-published book, "Barracoon."