Why don’t Republicans know what American values, history and culture are?

Looking back at historic events and people involved, putting it in context and attempting to evaluate those people and events with modern understanding is history. That is literally what history is and what historians do. Statues aren’t history. The story of why those statues are there, what they meant for the people who put them… Continue reading Why don’t Republicans know what American values, history and culture are?

Female Spies and Gender-Bending Soldiers Changed the Course of the Civil War

In this climate, women made great spies precisely because of the way 19th-century society underestimated them. During the Civil War, they “were able to take society’s ideas about the weakness of womanhood and brilliantly exploit them,” Abbott says. “Women were always supposed to be the victims of war, not the perpetrators. One of my favorite… Continue reading Female Spies and Gender-Bending Soldiers Changed the Course of the Civil War

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Rutherford B. Hayes was alive at the same time as John Adams and at the same time as Dwight Eisenhower.

History Unfolding: Right-wingers, then and now

Thanks largely to last fall’s elections there are now 123 Generation Xers in the Congress. 83 of them are Republicans and 43 are Democrats. The Democrats are the party claiming to stand for the achievements of the last eighty years of American life, and they are correspondingly much older. Indeed, most of the leadership of… Continue reading History Unfolding: Right-wingers, then and now

Clinton Sees An Early Payoff of U.S. Debt

Mr. Clinton, in an announcement from the White House, called on Republican leaders in Congress to “put politics aside and join me” in a budget proposal that would pay off dollars 3.6 trillion in debt by 2013. This, he said, would leave the United States debt-free for the first time since 1835. “What we’re doing… Continue reading Clinton Sees An Early Payoff of U.S. Debt

Thomas Jefferson on Wealth Inequality

I am conscious that an equal division of property is impracticable, but the consequences of this enormous inequality producing so much misery to the bulk of mankind, legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property, only taking care to let their subdivisions go hand in hand with the natural affections of the human mind.… Continue reading Thomas Jefferson on Wealth Inequality