After many thousands of Northerners died in a war aimed in part at freeing the slaves, white America lacked the will to follow through.
The president's personal attorney's decision to come clean about him, and thus end any possibility of a presidential pardon, may be the result of a legal strategy, or it could just point to the sudden acquisition of a conscience.
On the eve of the first anniversary of the deadly violence in Virginia, and a day before a new white nationalist rally in Washington, D.C., Truthdig is reposting Michael Nigro's acclaimed photo essay of the 2017 demonstration. He was the first person struck by an automobile driven into the crowd there.
It's a clash of ideas and values that might be characterized as Charlottesville versus the neo-Confederacy.
At least six other times in the past, people were excluded from America on the basis of race or religion. The Roberts Supreme Court has just legitimized the seventh.
If Americans can’t be secure from someone packing an assault rifle, or from the predatory behavior of powerful men, or from the police, we do not live in a functioning society.
A president’s most fundamental legal and moral responsibility is to uphold and protect our system of government. Trump has degraded that system.
The "Last Week Tonight" host argues that removing the racist symbols is a way to come to terms with American history.