Remembering the Alamo: It’s Time To Mess With Texas

The many myths surrounding Texas’ birth, especially those cloaking the fabled 1836 siege at the Alamo, remain cherished in the state. Even as the nation is undergoing a sweeping reassessment of its racial history, little of this has permeated the conversation in Texas.

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Republicans Rewrite History of January 6th

For Republicans, adherence to facts about January 6th cannot overcome adherence to the party line.

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Violent Crime is Much Lower Than It Was Thirty Years Ago

A clear majority of Americans believe there is more violent crime in the U.S. today than in the 1990s even though today’s violent crime rate is much lower than it was 30 years ago.

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Trump Turnberry Is Out of The Open

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has removed Turnberry from The Open Championship course rotation because Donald Trump owns it.

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The Rise of Anti-history

Anti-historians drop historical references into political debates without regard to context, logic, or proportionality. They are willfully ignorant of history, viewing it in purely instrumental terms as a bludgeon to wield without even bothering to understand it.

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We Are Two Nations, Divisible

And while I do pray a benevolent God may keep us Americans from ripping one another apart over our political and cultural differences, it’s time to recognize that they are real, not contrived; deep-seated, not superficial; and an authentic reflection of divisions in our population, not an invention of manipulative elites, politicians, or the news media.

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There Is No Debate Over Critical Race Theory

“Constructive criticism often hurts, but like painful medical treatments, it can be lifesaving; it can be nation-saving. But what’s happening now is something entirely different and destructive—not constructive. This isn’t a “culture war.” This isn’t even an “argument.” This isn’t even “criticism.” This is critics arguing with themselves.”

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A Return to Normalcy: Revisiting the Election of 1920

When considered against the electoral circumstances that exchanged Wilson, a Democrat, for Harding, a Republican, some of the tumults of 2020 appear to be a centennial reiteration, or inversion, of the calamities and longings of the 1920 campaign.

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Myths About Slavery In The United States

Many whites seem to be feel persecuted by the fact that slavery is a part of the history of this country. This is a fact that history cannot erase. Slavery’s consequences are still very much present in our contemporary society. Rather than choosing to ignore this history, our country will be best served by understanding it.

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The Study of History is the Search for Truths

“The aim of history class isn’t to get students to love or loathe their country. It’s to prepare them to live in it.”

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History’s Verdict on The Trump Era Will Not Be Kind

Historians will likely debate whether Donald Trump is the worst president in American history or simply one of the worst. Either way, the historical record will reflect poorly on the Trump Era. Future generations will struggle to understand how and why we lost our way.

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In Praise of Moderation: Erasmus of Rotterdam

Erasmus of Rotterdam was a moderate voice in an age of extremism. Nearly five centuries after his death, he still has much to teach us.

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