Now vs. the ’90s: Comparing America’s Two Longest Expansions
Politics

Now vs. the ’90s: Comparing America’s Two Longest Expansions

Two economic roads have diverged in an American wood. Fortunately, America has been able to travel both.  Today, July 1, the U.S. economy entered into its record-setting forty-first consecutive quarter of expansion, surpassing only the forty-quarter boom of the 1990s. What will become a quick clip in the twenty-four-hour news cycle should instead be a … Continue reading

Clashing Curriculum: The ideological fight over what should be included in high school textbooks.
Education

Clashing Curriculum: The ideological fight over what should be included in high school textbooks.

Last week a busy intersection rang with the shouts of students from many Colorado high schools who felt that their education had been compromised. They toted signs that read; “There is nothing more patriotic than protest” or “Don’t Make History A Mystery” and “I don’t think my education should be censored!” The students were protesting … Continue reading

When Politicians Talk About History
America / Politics / Presidential Race 2012

When Politicians Talk About History

Historians rightfully get a bit leery when they hear politicians talk about history. All too often, history becomes a convenient rhetorical device for promoting a political agenda. Both parties maintain an arsenal of historical narratives which they enjoy reciting to the public. Here are some common fallacies… Notion of Progress: “We are enlightened and our … Continue reading