Not Even Robert E. Lee Wanted Confederate Monuments

Not Even Robert E. Lee Wanted Confederate Monuments

While our president’s moral character seems stuck somewhere between boorish and brutish, it’s only fair to note that he also has an aesthetic dimension. This surprising side of Trump popped out several days after the Charlottesville attacks by raging white...
We Still Need Black History Month

We Still Need Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson was born in Virginia, 10 years after the fall of the Confederacy. Working as a sharecropper and a miner, he rarely had time to attend school until the age of 20. But he sure made up for lost time. Woodson would devote the rest of his life to...
A Crime Against Humanity Sent Me to Harvard

A Crime Against Humanity Sent Me to Harvard

When I say publicly that I’m descended from slave owners, I almost always hear a gasp. I let the tension hang a moment and then I break it: “Well, someone has to be, right?” This usually gets a laugh, or at least a humph of recognition. Because many...
Who Deserves Our Thanks for Truly American Food?

Who Deserves Our Thanks for Truly American Food?

What do turkey, sweet potatoes, and cranberries have in common? Yes, you eat them on Thanksgiving. Additionally, they are all distinctly American foods. So are potatoes and the corn in your corn bread. Believe it or not, the day that Columbus blundered into the...
Forging Ahead at 50

Forging Ahead at 50

Fifty years ago, two progressive former Kennedy administration officials opened the doors of the Institute for Policy Studies. Ever since, IPS public scholars have channeled our independence — from government and corporate money— to blend fresh, bold ideas with...
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