The Civil War: The One We Fought, The One We’re Still Fighting

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It officially ended 150 years ago on April 9 in Appomattox with General Lee’s surrender, but the deep divisions that produced the Civil War still roil our national psyche.

Sometimes Love Just Runs Its Course

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One man says, “My marriage failed, and I’m okay with that.”

The Limitlessness Of Blackness

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Damon Young on how to foster a complete view on what it means to be black.

Skull Measurements, Achievement Data And The Destruction Of The Public School System

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William Boyle on the history of eugenics, and how it’s still harming our kids today.

Jim Crow Is Still America’s National Religion … But It Doesn’t Have to Be

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Half a century after the civil rights movement removed most of the legal aspects of the Jim Crow regime the vast majority of religious people in America do not see fit to worship next to people of another race.

First Impressions: Why We Keep Our Real Selves Hidden When We Meet New People

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Meeting someone for the first time is like meeting yourself all over again.

The Burning of Columbia and the Persistence of Confederate Mythology

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In the wake of the controversy which led to the closing of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, Louis Venters shares a blast from the Confederate past.

Zounds How You Scrape!

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Last week, for the first time in his life, Alun Withey was the lucky recipient of a wet shave with a cut throat razor.

Why We Want to Believe Conspiracy Theories

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Matthew Rozsa holds conspiracy theorists to the same standard of skepticism that they claim to use.

History Is the Beast That Will Not Die, Will Not Blink

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Keith Owens reminds us of the chilling truth that while some things have changed in the South, some things remain the same.

What the Romans Can Teach us About Immigration and Integration

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The ancient Romans extended many of the same rights to immigrants and ethnic minorities as they did to the elite. And their empire lasted 500 years.

(Dis)ability? Living with Impairment in Early Modern Britain

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Have we viewed disability in terms of what a person cannot do, as opposed to what they can?

Fart Catchers and Duck F***ers! The World of 18th-Century Slang

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What does the commoners speech say about society?

Rome’s Forgotten Empress : The Strange Reign of Emporer Elagabalus

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History has its share of powerful men who flouted tradition. Elagabalus went further than most.

Feminism Is Nerdy

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Patrick Paglen explains how feminism is, in its own right, a nerdy interest.

Could You Catch an Arrow in The Air and Shoot it Back at Your Enemy? This Man Can.

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Throw a beer tab and shoot an arrow through it? No problem. Welcome to 21st century archery.