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On August 2, 1917, the Green Corn Rebellion breaks out in Oklahoma against American participation in World War I. This spasm of radicalism from Oklahoma farmers may seem unexpected given the politics of the place today, but in fact it built out of a long-standing radical tradition there based in the poverty of the white […]

World War I Museum

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On July 4, 2021

I did want to mention before too much time passed that I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago. It’s a very popular museum and largely a good one. The two videos ar

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On June 15, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Espionage Act into law. This law was directly targeted at leftist and labor organizations critical of the U.S. entering World War I, a sign of how, especially in an era of limited labor rights, even the slightest criticism of American policy could be weaponized to suppress […]

Veterans Day

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On November 11, 2017

Veterans Day: A perfect time to remember one of our national legacies, white people lynching black soldiers and recently returned veterans. Returning African American veterans were met with a familiar

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This is the grave of William Gibbs McAdoo. Born in 1861 in Marietta, Georgia, McAdoo’s family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1877 when his dad became a professor at the University of Tennsseee and that’s where he attended college. He practiced law in Chattanooga and then moved to New York City in 1892. He moved […]
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