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Roundup

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • Why Are We Still Segregating Black History in February?

    by Christina Proenza-Coles

    Even before the U.S. was a nation, African-Americans played crucial roles in nearly every stage of history in the new world. ‘Honoring’ that history in one month is a travesty.



  • Winthrop's "City" Was Exceptional, Not Exceptionalist

    by Jim Sleeper

    There are compelling anthropological reasons why almost every society in history has invented “special covenant” and “origin” myths, or “constitutive fictions.” 


  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.



  • Video of the Week: "Real Black History"

    Professors Jelani Cobb, Jamilah Lemieux, Mychal Denzel Smith, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, George Wallace, and Walter Naegle are here to remind you that Black History is American History and it doesn't fit in one tweet.



  • The Dark History of Anti-Gay Innuendo

    by James Kirchick

    The accusation that Lindsay Graham is susceptible to blackmail is historically groundless, predicated upon the same flawed assumption most people held about gays at the height of the Cold War: that they would commit treason in order to avoid being outed.  



  • Is Email Making Professors Stupid?

    by Cal Newport

    It used to simplify crucial tasks. Now it's strangling scholars' ability to think.



  • New York Needs Amazon

    by Kenneth T. Jackson

    History is clear: A city that rejects economic opportunity will lose its status as the center of the business world.



  • The Democrats’ dilemma: two parties in one

    by Niall Ferguson

    In their eagerness to recruit a new generation of young voters, the Democrats have — not for the first time in their history — admitted a faction of radical ideologues into their midst.



  • Trump’s Trail of Fears

    by Jamelle Bouie

    The president, channeling his hero Andrew Jackson, continues to champion a particularly virulent form of reactionary white majoritarianism.



  • What the Paris Peace Conference can teach us about politics today

    by Anand Menon, Margaret MacMillan, Patrick Quinton-Brown

    Many of the challenges that concern us today—ethnic nationalisms, building the foundations for peace and prosperity around the globe, managing and containing war, or the future of Europe—were discussed in Paris a hundred years ago.