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The Mt. Rushmore Problem

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On July 10, 2021
There’s no way around it–Mt. Rushmore is a centerpiece of the culture wars. This place means so many different things to so many different people. When the monstrosity was created, it was part of an era where for whites at least, there was a shared vision of America. Liberals and conservatives could more or less […]

The Long Lakota War

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On January 18, 2021

Nick Estes has a typically good piece placing the resistance of Nick Tilsen and other Lakotas to Donald Trump’s visit to Mt. Rushmore in the context of the long struggle of the Lakotas for the B

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Americans You Should Know

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On December 11, 2015
Yesterday in 1909, the great Lakota leader Red Cloud died. He’s someone you all might have heard of but probably don’t know very much about. Heather Cox Richardson helps you fill that gap: In the summer of 1865, after winning a war to spread the northern system of individual enterprise to the American West, the […]
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