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Roundup



  • Lampooning Political Women

    by Allison K. Lange

    Backlash against women's emancipation in the nineteenth century took to the most potent social media of the day--political cartoons--to decry feminism as a threat to civilization itself. 



  • The Deep Roots of Disdain for Black Political Leaders

    by Carole Emberton

    From Thomas Jefferson's writings, through the proslavery argument of the middle of the 19th century, the overthrow of Reconstruction, and the Jim Crow era, American politics has been influenced by the racist idea that Black people were incapable of exercising leadership in a democracy.



  • The Forgotten History of the Radical ‘Elders of the Tribe’

    by Susan J. Douglas

    The Gray Panthers fought for the civil rights, social services and respect denied to older Americans. But they did so by challenging inequality in ways that sought alliances instead of antagonism between young and old. 



  • Letters From an American: September 14, 2020

    by Heather Cox Richardson

    Trump's rhetorical pattern echoes the strategy of southern Democratic leaders in 1860, when they knew they did not have the numbers to win the upcoming election fairly.



  • The Long History Behind Donald Trump’s Outreach To LGBTQ Voters

    by Neil J. Young

    Gay Republicans emerged as a political force in response to both radical leadership in the gay liberation movement and the rise of evangelicals as a force in the Republican party. Today they may have to decide which fight is more important. 



  • Trump’s Doubts about the Military have Deep Roots in Both Parties

    by Michael Kazin

    Recent media discussions of Trump's remarks about war veterans and indifference to visiting a World War I memorial should prompt deeper thought about the antiwar movements of the right and left that the Great War created. Opposition to war can be rooted in very different values and advance different ends.



  • Why ‘Glory’ Still Resonates More Than Three Decades Later

    by Kevin M. Levin

    The film based on the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry is streaming on Netflix. Kevin Levin suggests that despite the narrative license taken, the film puts the story of Black freedom fighters and the question of emancipation at the center of the story of the Civil War. 



  • Republicans’ Problems with Young Voters Go Far Deeper than Trump

    by David Faris

    The idea that young voters lean left and shift to the right as they age is political folk wisdom, but has no basis in reality. The Republican Party risks its survival by counting on young voters to get more conservative. 



  • The Dark Side of Campus Efforts to Stop COVID-19

    by Grace Watkins

    While colleges have a legitimate interest in suppressing virus transmission on campus, it is dangerous to expand the surveillance powers of campus police.