It’s Time for a Progressive Reading of the Constitution

Conservatives have claimed the moral high ground of so-called originalism. Liberals need to put forward their own vision.
Captain Jesús Villamor, member of the Philippine Air Corps who served in World War II and later immigrated to the U..S. (1943).

They Fought and Died for America. Then America Turned Its Back.

260,000 Filipinos served in World War II, when the country was a US territory. Most veterans have never seen benefits.
A photo of Robert Prager that was stolen his home following his lynching.

The Lynching of Robert Prager

The high-water mark of the anti-immigrant and anti-German hysteria that gripped the nation during World War I.
Unemployed WWI veterans near Lawrenceville, Ga. on their way to Washington to demand payment of the soldier's bonus. June 2, 1932.

March of the Bonus Army

In 1932, twenty-thousand unemployed WWI veterans descended on Washington, DC to demand better treatment from the federal government.
The U.S. Supreme Court building.

Civil Rights Without the Supreme Court

Losing the support of the Supreme Court is disappointing, but it need not be the death knell of progress.
Then-Senator Jeff Sessions is sworn in at his Attorney General confirmation hearing, January 10, 2017.

The End of Civil Rights

The attorney general is pushing an agenda that could erase many of the legal gains of modern America's defining movement.
Pilot Amelia Earhart circa 1936, standing in front of the Lockheed Electra in which she disappeared.

The Culture War That Was Fought in the Sky

In 1928, women wanted more than just the vote. They wanted to do everything a man could do. Even fly the Atlantic.
John A. Madison, great-grandson of African-American slave Dred Scott, points out his ancestor's unmarked grave to his family at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, 1957.

The Real Origins of Birthright Citizenship

Its purpose 150 years ago was to incorporate former slaves into the nation.
President Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland (2017).

Can Trump Really End Birthright Citizenship?

Not directly. But it's more complicated than you think.
The Ku Klux Klan assembled for initiations. (c. 1920s)

When the Klan Came to Town

History reminds us that firm and sometimes violent opposition to racists is a time-honored American tradition.
Frederick Douglass, 1870.

The Double Battle

A review of David Blight's new biography of Frederick Douglass.
A poll tax advisory in Mineola, Texas, 1939.

Fighting to Vote

Voting rights are often associated with the Civil Rights Movement, but this fight extends throughout American history.