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  • The Whistleblower Should Remain Anonymous

    by Greg Bailey

    The administration is trying to expose the identity of the whistleblower, an act as unnecessary as it is illegal. It would destroy the whistleblower’s life as intentionally as Frank Wills’ life was destroyed carelessly.


  • Why Televised Hearings Mattered During Watergate But May Not Today

    by James Robenalt

    The whistleblower today has been backed up by others who had direct knowledge, making his or her account now superfluous. John Dean had no such back-up from others; he had to wait a year for his testimony to be fully corroborated by the tapes themselves.


  • The World War I Battle That Didn't End with Armistice Day: Hunger

    by William Lambers

    Even after the Armistice of November 11, 1918 ending World War One, American soldiers were carrying out heroic missions. Lieutenant Orville C. Bell and officers in the American Relief Administration saved civilians in Montenegro from starvation. 


  • Who Will Be America's Brutus?

    by Michael A. Genovese

    Have we a Caesar in our midst, imperial and imperious? Who will figuratively kill the beast that is doing such violence to the American system? 


  • Slavery and Your Upcoming Christmas Tour

    by Robert E. May

    Despite their public claims that slaves were content with their situations, white southerners knew better. So should those going to southern historic mansions and plantations for Christmas.


  • The Ghosts of Founders Past

    by Jason Pack

    Halloween held a ghoulish surprise for American President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. As a result of their hubris, they were both forced to watch their longstanding dreams of unbridled executive authority die in the ditch of rule of law.


  • Citibank: Exploiting the Past, Condemning the Future

    by Alan Singer

    To celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2011, Citibank published a book celebrating its history. Despite the book's heft, glossy photographs, and celebratory tone, Citibank and its forbearers definitely did not strive to make the world a better place.


  • Refugees in an Age of Immigration Restrictionism

    by Erik Christiansen

    Each new stage in the Trump administration’s handling of refugees and immigrants invites comparisons to past policies. Usually that means talking about the Obama years, or maybe the 1986 immigration reforms.  But it’s worth looking back further to the restrictionist era of the 1920s and 30s.  


  • Elbridge Gerry’s Monster Salamander that Swallows Votes

    by Harlow Giles Unger

    As Americans prepare to vote in local and state elections on Election Day, tens of thousands--even millions--will find their votes chewed, swallowed, and discarded by a monstrous “salamander”—the two-hundred-year-old creation of Founding Father Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts.