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Did Ulysses S. Grant Own Slaves During the Civil War?

Over the past few days I’ve observed at least three postings on social media perpetuating an old, hackneyed claim about Ulysses S. Grant that has resurfaced in force. 753 more words


Historic: US announces increased $15M to remove bombs in Laos

What a great start to the Monday morning for 4th of July week and on the heels of SCOTUS wins. If you needed further proof of what dedicated lobbying and international advocacy does, just take a look at the work of… 217 more words


The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith (Book Review)

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith is one of those rare sequels that outdoes the original in both scope and vision. The first book is of course Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which is not as ridiculous as it sounds and far better than the movie that was made from it. 382 more words

Book Reviews

In Which Phil Wagers On His Knowledge of Feminist History

What all the anti-Monolith stories don’t tell you is that there’s this huge advantage to just doing what you’re told: If you just do as you’re told, you get to experience life in a mostly sensical, linear fashion. 397 more words

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The Obergefell Syllabus: Historicizing Same-Sex Marriage in the United States

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision established the constitutional right of  same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states. Discussions of the United States national past abounded in the majority opinion and in the dissents. 1,338 more words

History Of Sexuality

Thoughts on U.S. Freedom, Oppression, and Flag Symbolism

My friend Andrew Joseph Pegoda and I have been engaging in a friendly conversation about the Confederate flag and the best future path for attacking institutional racism in the United States. 1,059 more words