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James Lawson, RIP

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On June 10, 2024
As I say frequently, it is extremely unfortunate that our vision of the civil rights movement has been reduced to just a few people in public memory. This doesn't surprise me of course, but still, we really miss the complexities and flavors this way. One...
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The Minnesota State Flag

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On December 20, 2023
State flags are mostly pretty badly designed, but they do express values of the state, or at least they do when they are changed. See how various southern states added the stars and bars to their flag in the early 60s to show that they...

Canceling Kit Carson

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On September 3, 2023

Kit Carson led the genocide against the Navajo in 1864 and so.....good for whoever did this. The sandstone obelisk honoring controversial 19th century frontiersman and soldier Kit Carson was partially.

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Republicans are at a war with historical memory. And look, they are right about what is going on. Historians are pushing narratives that fit the modern United States. Dissent, race, gender, sexuality, class--these are things we think are worth studying. Republicans despise all of this....
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Remembering Triangle

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On March 31, 2023
This is a good project: But, later this year, following years of concerted effort by the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, a memorial to the victims and survivors of the fire will be installed on the building’s brick and terra-cotta facade.  The monument, designed by...
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