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Facial Hair, Patriotism and the Enemy in American History

Here are good mustaches and beards and bad mustaches and beards as imagined in American popular culture and war propaganda, as a way of contextualizing today’s hero-worship of the backwoods conservatives of “Duck Dynasty” and villainization of the backwoods conservatives of the Taliban.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



Mapping the Chinese Conquest of the Planet

According to a map I made and recently discovered in my high school history textbook, I would have been 24 when I became a “Red Chinese” subject, and atomic weapons would have been removed from the equation.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



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The NSA Plays Mad King George in This Revolution

Like this country’s early revolutionaries, Edward Snowden knows that true patriotism demands a vigilant confrontation with government infamy.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE


Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words

“Democracy Now!” featured a lengthy tribute to the civil rights icon in a 2012 broadcast, including footage of several inspiring moments such as his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, a year before his death, and his last speech, from April 3, 1968.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Slanting History for the Children on the War on Terror

A high school history textbook taught America’s millennial generation that the threat of terrorism “can be eliminated, the Patriot Act was uncontroversial and Iraq had weapons of mass destruction,” reports The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE



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The Roots of Gore Vidal’s Discontent

Gore Vidal, the high-born author and activist who died Tuesday at the age of 86, was a man who had grand, democratic ambitions for his country—a nation that became a pale, mocking imitation of the place he knew during his pre-World War II boyhood—says his longtime friend Bob Carr, the current Australian minister of foreign affairs.

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‘Democracy Now!’: Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words

To commemorate MLK Day, Monday’s edition of “Democracy Now!” featured a lengthy tribute to the civil rights icon, including footage of several inspiring moments such as his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, a year before his death, and his last speech, from April 3, 1968.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE


The Great Depression, Now in Color

Picture, if you will, the Great Depression. Unless you actually lived through it, or close enough, chances are your mind might conjure up images of bread lines, bleak Dust Bowl landscapes or hungry, huddled families, and they’re probably in black and white.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



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The Pentagon Papers Go Public

It’s been 40 years since Daniel Ellsberg took his place in history as the whistle-blower who blew the lid off the American government’s shameful secrets about the Vietnam War by leaking the Pentagon Papers. On Monday, Americans can read ... (more)

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE


A Paul Revere Primer With Sarah Palin

Does it matter if Sarah Palin has a different, special take on the story of Paul Revere, hero of the American Revolution? Or here’s another question: Could she be right? On “Fox News Sunday,” Palin was ready with her comebacks to critics accusing her of revisionist history.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE


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Glenn Beck Calls Thomas Paine the Glenn Beck of Revolutionary America

Based on this video, it seems Fox News viewers are so patriotic they don’t know anything about the origins of our country. During this little history lesson, Glenn Beck explains who Tom Paine was: “kind of the me. ...” In fairness, Beck made a disgusted face as he said it—the same one we were making.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE


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