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Roundup



  • The Militia Menace

    by Tom Mockaitis

    The time has come to stop mincing words about militias and other far-right extremist groups. They are at best-armed vigilantes and at worst domestic terrorists acting on behalf of a racist ideology 



  • How to Remember the 'Notorious RBG'

    by Peniel Joseph

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg's "Notorious RBG" persona unfortunately obscures the fact that the late justice had a few blind spots, especially with regard to racism. Considering her faults is essential to understand the empathy and solidarity people need to work together for change. 



  • What Would Cicero See In American Governance Today?

    by Edward Watts

    "The United States now approaches the tipping point between a republic governed by law and the polity of violence, governed by mutual fear, that Cicero described over two millennia ago."



  • What Trump Doesn’t Understand About U.S. History

    by Sean Wilentz

    The real choice isn’t between Trump’s rendition of our history and the 1619 Project’s. It’s between ideological distortion and respect for facts, skepticism about pat answers and, above all, refusal to shape the past to fit a fixed political agenda.



  • The Endless Fantasy of American Power

    by Andrew Bacevich

    Neither Trump nor Biden seems prepared to do the necessary work of moving military power and force from the center of American foreign policy. The consequence will be further endless war at the expense of the global-scale policies needed to confront the most urgent threats.



  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Made The Impossible Look Easy

    by Serena Mayeri

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg's achievements were remarkable, but a professor of law and legal history argues that her determination to open paths for others to follow her was greater. 



  • Why Study History? Revisited

    by Peter N. Stearns

    Advocates for the discipline of history must be willing to make concrete claims about the job opportunities opened by a history degree and train undergraduates to understand and express the skills the history major develops. 



  • Why Supermarkets Are Powerful Flash Points In Racial Politics

    by Tracey Deutsch and James McElroy

    In addition to selling food, grocery stores have also preserved a social order that treats shoppers of different races differently, dispensing hierarchy along with food — and, in fact, creating it.



  • Why I Quit Academe for a Coding Boot Camp

    by Zeb Larson

    Delusions about the availability of "alt-ac" jobs for new humanities PhDs are stopping graduate students from making informed career choices and covering up the academic profession's failures to recognize and act on crisis. 



  • War Zone America? Perspectives on a Riven Nation from a Worried Military Spouse

    by Andrea Mazzarino

    These days, when I watch the news and see clashes among the police, Black Lives Matter protesters, far-right “militias,” and Antifa supporters, I’m often reminded that just because no one’s declared a civil war begun, doesn’t mean we aren’t staring at the makings of an armed conflict.



  • Revisionist History is an American Political Tradition

    by Michael D. Hattem

    American politicians have constantly tweaked the story of the nation's past for political advantage. Maybe revisionist history by historians isn't so bad.