Week of April 1, 2013
|The Conspiracy to Kill MLK: Not a Theory but a Fact|
Ira Chernus's MythicAmerica
At least according to the letter of the law.
Tags: assassinations, conspiracy theories, Martin Luther King, myths
|HNN Hot Topics: Gay History|
Tags: gay history, Hot Topics, GLBT, sexuality
News at Home
|Tipping Points: Is the Culture War Over?|
The sea change in public opinion about gay marriage is just but one sign of a more radical transformation.
Tags: Malcolm Gladwell, culture war, Republican Party, same-sex marriage
|The Pope and the Nuns|
How Francis will deal with the American sisters will provide clues on how he'll govern as pope.
Tags: Pope Francis, nuns, American sisters, Catholic Church
|The Modesty Wars: Women and the Hasidim in Brooklyn|
Brooklyn's culture war between Hasidic Jews and yuppies.
Tags: Brooklyn, Hasidim, New York City, patriarchy
|Why We Still Need the Voting Rights Act|
Simon E. Balto
In a country where a guilty man like Olen Burrage can die free, we still need civil rights protections.
Tags: Olen Burrage, Shelby County v. Holder, Supreme Court, Voting Rights Act
|Francis and Xi: More Similar Than You Think|
The succession rituals of the Catholic Church and the Chinese Communist Party are surprisingly similar.
Tags: Catholic Church, China, Pope Francis, Xi Jinping
|The Myth of the All-Powerful President: A Very Brief History|
Ira Chernus's MythicAmerica
From FDR to the present, U.S. presidents -- and the public -- believe that they can control events on the other side of the world.
Tags: FDR, presidency, power, myths
|Look at Hugo Chavez Through a Latin American Lens|
He inspired a new wave of Latin American self-confidence.
Tags: Hugo Chavez, Latin America, U.S.-Latin American relations, Venezuala
|Macau: China's Unlikely Bridge to the Lusophone|
China is using the former Portuguese colony to build bridges to Brazil and Angola.
Tags: China, Brazil, Macau, colonialism
|Beyond "Mission Accomplished"|
The anniversary of the invasion of Iraq was on March 19, but the anniversaries of the biggest military blunders are still to come.
Tags: Iraq, Iraq War, anniversaries, military history
Historians & History
|Making the Historical Documentary Makers|
Acclaimed documentarian and journalist Betsy West on compiling an oral history of the women's movement.
Tags: Betsy West, feminism, Makers, PBS
|Moynihan's Moment ... Extended|
The late New York senator was remarkably prescient about America's social and political ills.
Tags: Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Israel, Ronald Reagan, United Nations
|At War With Art|
James A. Loewen
The Smithsonian Museum of American Art's disappointing "Civil War and American Art" exhibit.
Tags: art history, Civil War, Smithsonian, The Nation
|A Murky Look Back at the 1969 Stonewall Riots and Gay History|
Hit the Wall tries (and fails) at greatness -- but it's a solid play and solid history nonetheless.
Tags: gay history, New York City, plays, theater reviews
|Review of John Burt's Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism|
Definitely worth making room on your shelf for this excellent treatment of the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Tags: John Burt, Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism, Lincoln-Douglas debates, Stephen Douglas
|Review of Woody Guthrie's House of Earth: A Novel|
The earthy political fiction of Woody Guthrie, brought to you by Doug Brinkley and Johnny Depp.
Tags: Douglas Brinkley, House of Earth, Johnny Depp, Woody Guthrie
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