General August Willich's quarters near Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

Why the Civil War West Mattered – and Still Does

The West cared very much about the Civil War.
US President George Bush and Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev confer during their joint press conference in Moscow (July 31, 1991)

The Cold War and America’s Delusion of Victory

The collapse of Soviet Communism led the United States into triumphalist error about its destiny as the global superpower.
President Bush Signing the Americans With Disabilities Act, July 26, 1990.

Remembering the ADA

Americans may be tempted to pat ourselves on the back about the ADA, but we can’t afford to congratulate ourselves too soon.
An integrated classroom in Anacostia High School, Washington, D.C. in 1957.

Common Core Is a Menace to Pluralism and Democracy

But can locally empowered communities really fix our schools' problems?
President Trump, with Senators Cotton and Purdue, announces an effort to limit legal immigration to the United States.

The Yakima Terror

Ninety years ago in Washington, a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment resulted in horror for Filipinos.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention (2016).

How the U.S. Lost Its Mind

Make America reality-based again.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan waving during the 1981 Inaugural Parade (January 20, 1981).

Scaramucci’s Removal Evokes White House Turmoil During the Reagan Years

Anthony Scaramucci's resignation after 10 days broke a record held by Ronald Reagan’s communications director.
Law enforcement officers watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.

Trumpism, Realized

To preserve the political and cultural preeminence of white Americans against a tide of demographic change, the administration has settled on a policy of systemic child abuse.
In 2010 Mexican 15-year-old Sergio Hernandez was killed by an American police officer on the Mexican bank of the Rio Grande.

A Bullet Can Cross the Border. Can the Constitution? The Supreme Court Won’t Say.

The Supreme Court punts on Hernandez v. Mesa, leaving the Constitution lost in the borderlands.
 A three-faced shrine of Buddha at a school for Buddhist monks in between Rangoon and Pego, Burma, 1956.

When the U.S. Government Tried to Fight Communism With Buddhism

Recent violence in Myanmar reminds us that religion has long been central to Southeast Asian politics.
In 1868 John Willis Menard became the first African American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The International Vision of John Willis Menard, the First African-American Elected to Congress

Although he was denied his House seat, Menard continued his activism with the goal of uniting people across the Western Hemisphere.
Violence during the

The Battle of Charlottesville

What happened in Virginia was not the culminating battle of this conflict. It’s likely a tragic preface to more of the same.