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Teddy Roosevelt Saw This Coming

Why did our political system become so corrupt and unresponsive? How did we end up with such a rigid, Old European-style class system—in which you can't get ahead unless you were born that way? One hundred years ago, Teddy Roosevelt saw this coming.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  06-02-2011  |  Commentary

For the Left, the Civil War Must be Just About Slaverynew

On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the battle of Fort Sumter, MSNBC television host Rachel Maddow said on her evening program, "The fact that the first shots were fired in South Carolina specifically came as no surprise."
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  04-20-2011  |  Commentary

Charleston Staged a World-Class Civil War Commemorationnew

The Civil War Sesquicentennial observance is over, and I'm already thinking about the bicentennial. In the meantime, I would like to hand out kudos to the people of Charleston and South Carolina for the way they conducted themselves through these uncertain times of change.
Charleston City Paper  |  Will Moredock  |  04-20-2011  |  Commentary

By 2061, Will We Know What Started the Civil War?new

On Tuesday, we heard the first shots of the Civil War re-enacted at Fort Sumter, 150 years after the real shots that inspired them. At first blush, it would seem that all is peace, nostalgia, and remembrance in the sesquicentennial of America's bloodiest war.
Charleston City Paper  |  Will Moredock  |  04-13-2011  |  Commentary

Remembering the Other Civil War ... the One We are Still Fightingnew

Have we grown up enough to see our history more accurately and fairly? Will we continue to hide from our past? Are we ready to face that other civil war, the one that still divides us, the one that we read about in our newspapers every day? Will that war ever be over?
Charleston City Paper  |  Will Moredock  |  04-11-2011  |  Commentary

The War Over the Meaning of the Civil War is Less Civil Than Evernew

There is a difference between being politically incorrect and being racist. But there is no difference between whitewashing Southern history and refusing to tell the region's entire history, which requires deviating from the politically correct parameters of black and white.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  04-07-2011  |  Commentary

Let's Stop Arguing About the Civil Warnew

Instead of rehashing our disagreements about how the Civil War started, we should ask if there are lessons that can be learned from the conflict that are still applicable today. Although the specific issues may have changed, several others are still relevant.
Charleston City Paper  |  Dwayne Green  |  04-06-2011  |  Commentary

Ideologues Take Full Advantage of America's Amnesia About Tom Painenew

"The idea that Glenn Beck and others whose ideas are opposite to Paine's have adopted him to distort his ideas is extremely disturbing, but not surprising," writes Alaine Lowell, executive director of the Thomas Paine Society.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Kevin Uhrich  |  11-16-2009  |  Commentary

A History of Our Inaugural West Swingers and White House Hoedownsnew

A recap of the swearing ins and outs of the past, in hope of inspiring the best inaugural bash ever.
Boston Phoenix  |  Kara Baskin  |  01-16-2009  |  Commentary

Harvey Milk & Dan White: That '70s Shownew

I first met Dan White in October 1977 -- 13 months before he snuffed out the life of Harvey Milk.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Jerry Roberts  |  12-15-2008  |  Commentary

Presidents & Near-Presidents I Have Knownnew

With Barack Obama's Jan. 20 presidential inauguration practically upon us, my thoughts have turned to the very complex subject of American presidents. As I contemplated the subject, I had an odd revelation. It happens that I have spent a not inconsiderable amount of time around presidents, vice presidents and presidential candidates.
Random Lengths News  |  Lionel Rolfe  |  12-04-2008  |  Commentary

A Historian Discusses the FDR/Obama Comparisonnew

After the global economy crashed, pundits began to compare Obama with Roosevelt, the man who saw his nation through both the Great Depression and World War II. But how apt is that comparison? Historian William E. Leuchtenburg explains.
Boulder Weekly  |  Pamela White  |  11-10-2008  |  Politics

Obama Could Be a Great One-Term President

Barack Obama can continue the "permanent campaign" that has characterized the American presidency since 1976. Or he can govern like there's no tomorrow -- and make history.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  10-29-2008  |  Commentary

Joe Biden's Tears Rememberednew

In 1972, after Sen. Joe Biden's wife and child died, I wrote him a note of condolence. That letter is long gone, but not his response to me, which arrived later that winter.
INDY Week  |  Steven Petrow  |  10-10-2008  |  Commentary

Will the '08 Election See an October Surprise?new

True, it's October Surprise time. But the truth is there have been only two major October Surprises in the past 52 years, in 1956 and 1962.
Boulder Weekly  |  Paul Danish  |  09-29-2008  |  Commentary

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