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On September 6, 1919, New York theater owners and striking actors sign an agreement to end a bitter and acrimonious strike based around the really horrific working conditions the actors faced, transforming this industry. The late 1910s were a fascinating time for organized labor. World War I brought both unprecedented acceptance of labor into the […]
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The Hamilton Pushback

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On April 11, 2016
Finally, a well-deserved pushback to the politics of the Hamilton musical is happening. The show does include one named black character, Sally Hemings, who appears in a quick cameo that lands mainly as a dig at Jefferson. (The slaveholdings of the Schuyler family, which Hamilton married into, go unmentioned.) The show, Mr. Chernow said, also […]

How Did Urch Die?

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On July 24, 2009
It’s certainly possible that Neanderthal X died in a violent confrontation with modern humans. However, I think that there’s always a danger in reading our own social understandings into a historical record. There are innumerable scenarios under which the Neanderthal in question could have died, and while “genocidal no-holds-barred Human-Neanderthal throw down” is one of […]

Community Theater of the Absurd

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On March 30, 2008

The national dialogue on race continues inside Mister Leonard Pierce’s head. One of these days, someone — more specifically, someone who is not me — should compile a list of the memo

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