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Frederick Douglas: Lincoln’s thorn, and his partner. Here’s his fiery speech on July 5, 1852

We do too much “heroification” in America, according to James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong  (one of his several books that ought to be on everybody’s shelves). Loewen thinks the word hero has been cheapened, ending up more often a description for football quarterbacks who throw perfect last-minute passes […]

July 4th

National parks – even Mount Rushmore – show that there’s more than one kind of patriotism

July 4th will be quieter than usual this year, thanks to COVID-19. Many U.S. cities are canceling fireworks displays to avoid drawing large crowds that could promote the spread of coronavirus. But President Trump is planning to stage a celebration at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota on July 3. It’s easy to see why […]