Author: Erik Loomis

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The Racism Never Stopped

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On July 5, 2020
We Americans love to tell ourselves a story about how Black people were oppressed and then the Civil Rights Movement happened and Rosa Parks refused to move and Martin Luther King gave a speech and then racism was, if not ended, abated. But not only is that a narrative much more about ameliorating white fragility […]
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Tough Love for America

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On July 4, 2020
Got a nice July 4 surprise when A History of America in Ten Strikes was included in this Powell’s Books list: “Read Like a Patriot: 9 Books of Tough Love for America.” It’s impossible to understand American history in its totality without considering our country’s tumultuous relationship with labor practices and unions. Historian Erik Loomis’s […]
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Before this is completely forgotten, one of hundreds of scandals that would be front page news in any other administration: Over Memorial Day weekend, Attorney General William Barr removed a low-profile US attorney in Texas following the public airing of a dispute over an investigation into Walmart — a move that didn’t draw the same […]
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This is the grave of Harold Ickes. Born in 1874 in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Ickes moved to Chicago for high school and then went on to the University of Chicago, graduating in 1897. He took a job as a newspaper reporter for a few of the city’s newspapers, including the Tribune. In 1907, he completed a […]
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