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Tag: American history

Nostalgia and Ideology

Nostalgia and Ideology

Philip J. Deloria— In conjunction with Indian removal, popular American imagery began to play on earlier symbolic linkages between Indians and the past, and these images eventually produced the full-blown… READ MORE

Food Matters. So What?

Food Matters. So What?

Paul Freedman— When I was asked to consider writing Why Food Matters, I was told that this was not supposed to be an introduction to the topic of food, but… READ MORE

African Americans and Africa

African Americans and Africa

Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden— In January 1830, a year after David Walker published his Appeal, fifty-one-year-old George M. Erskine of Tennessee set sail for the newly settled colony of Liberia. With… READ MORE

Movements for Freedom

Movements for Freedom

Soyica Diggs Colbert— On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech at an Independence Day celebration that asked, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” His question… READ MORE

Bugsy Siegal

Bugsy Siegal

Michael Shnayerson— By the age of twelve, Siegel was essentially spending his days as he pleased—but what he pleased to do, more than play games, was embark on petty crime…. READ MORE

Delia’s Tears

Delia’s Tears

Molly Rogers— When in 1976 fifteen daguerreotypes of black men and women were discovered in the attic of the Peabody Museum, the question of their meaning and purpose was immediately… READ MORE

The Year of Peril

The Year of Peril

Tracy Campbell— As 1943 dawned, the relentless fear that had gripped the nation since Pearl Harbor had somewhat lessened, and although most understood that the most difficult days of the… READ MORE

Looking to the Past to Find Ourselves

Looking to the Past to Find Ourselves

Michael Hattem– For a few decades, American history has played a prominent role in the most current iteration of culture wars in the United States. We saw this most recently… READ MORE

Civil Liberties in a Pandemic?

Civil Liberties in a Pandemic?

John Fabian Witt— While the courts took a middle path, public discourse around contagion remained subject to confusion and hysteria. Sometimes epidemics produced panicked overreach by the state, as in… READ MORE

The Meeting at White Marsh, 1789

The Meeting at White Marsh, 1789

William G. Thomas III— The poplars swayed high above Edward Queen and Charles Mahoney on that May morning. The summer heat crawled up from the Patuxent River, summoned from its… READ MORE

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