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Our greatest female aviator disappears off the map somewhere in the South Pacific. Had she been familiar with Morse Code, she might have survived when her plane went down.

The problem with Father Coughlin isn't just his message of hate; it's the affection his huge audience has for him.

If not for the body laid out in the funeral home, one might have thought that the final illness and death of Rudolph Valentino was one great publicity stunt.

The movement may not ultimately succeed, but Marcus Garvey has instilled in many blacks what other civil rights organization have failed to do--pride.

Huey sleeps with the other kingfish.

The long national nightmare of Richard Nixon's political career is over.

Speaking for every African-American living under the South's Jim Crow rules, Fannie Lou Hamer says she is sick and tired of being sick and tired.

The Drifter has some thoughts on the great fighter in the ring who was nowhere to be found when the call went out for soldiers to fight in the World War.

A brief comment notes that Jeanette Rankin is the first woman to have been elected to the House of Representatives.


The first page, from 1960s, says Vidal made disparaging remarks about J. Edgar Hoover.

July 29, 2013

Protecting freedom does not mean shielding a market from restrictions—it means fighting for economic justice and equality. 

November 5, 2012

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

Stephen Ambrose said he spent hundreds of hours interviewing Ike. The Eisenhower library says he didn't.

April 20, 2010

Martin Luther King's words in 1967 are still relevant to today's war, as the Wikileaks tape shows.

April 7, 2010

 Organized labor takes on Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln in a pair of new ads.

April 5, 2010

Howard Zinn, my hero, teacher, and friend died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 87. With his death, we lose a man who did nothing less than rewrite the narrative of the United States. We lose a historian who also made history.

January 28, 2010

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for the presidency on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's historic "I have a dream" speech. He was inaugurated the day after our national holiday celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. King. Many asked if Obama's presidency was the realization of King's dream. Cultural products, from t-shirts to YouTube videos, linked Obama's election to King's legacy.

January 17, 2010