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At the 1896 Democratic convention, William Jennings Bryan delivers a speech for the ages.

Germany's sinking of the Lusitania is nothing less than "murder on the high seas."

The Watts riot was rooted in contempt--for those who ignore the suffering and squalor of a community.

The New Deal delivers its greatest gift to the American people, but there's a catch: they'll have to pay for it.

The separation of church and state is put on trial in Tennessee.

The movement for a Republic of Africa--run for and by black people--grows strong on the streets of Harlem.

It's hard to win a presidential debate when you look like Rudolf Hess. That's probably why Richard Nixon did much better against John F. Kennedy, among those who listened on the radio.

Reflections on a 'Saturday Night Massacre'.

The US takes over Guatemala, as democracy slips over a banana peel.

The only person in 1948 who thought Truman had a chance in 1948 was Harry, and even he wasn't all that convinced.


In the winter of 2011, a revolution begins across the Arab world when Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali resigns following protests against government abuse and corruption.

January 14, 2015

Here is a little known fact about the famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail." 

January 20, 2014

It’s bad out there on Thanksgiving this year. A remembrance: in 1973, it was worse.

November 28, 2013

When momentum gathered to reign in the national security state in 1976, the powers that be struck back with a distraction campaign that worked.

July 2, 2013

Lincoln ordered the execution of thirty-eight Dakota Indians for rebellion—but never ordered the execution of Confederate officials or generals.

December 26, 2012

The McGovern campaign marked a turning point in many lives, including John Lennon’s.

October 21, 2012

The ultimate "realist" goes a bit too far.

December 11, 2010

Upton Sinclair led one of the greatest mass movements in US history, and his political career has a lot to teach us about politics today.

October 12, 2010

A tale of two attacked cities, or the differences between New York and Oklahoma City.

September 24, 2010

Today is the 39th anniversary of the killings of four student antiwar protesters at Kent State University.

May 4, 2009