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Did All Chicagoans Support The Civil War?

Jesse Dukes WBEZ - Public Radio Chicago
The story of Irish-American draft resisters, African-Americans who defied the odds in order to fight, and women who found alternate ways to support the war.

A Five Hundred Year-Old Shared History

Stacy M. Brown BlackPressUSA
This is the third report in National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) global news feature series on the history, contemporary realities and implications of the transatlantic slave trade.

The Supreme Court Is Headed Back to the 19th Century

Adam Serwer The Atlantic
The justices again appear poised to pursue a purely theoretical liberty at the expense of the lives of people of color. Those who wish to see justice in their lifetime will have go to the polls and seize it.

Keeping it Fresh: Preservatives and The Poison Squad

Cynthia Graber, Nicola Twilley and Deborah Blum Gastropod
Harvey Washington Wiley, a do-gooder farm boy who trained as chemist, worried that preservatives might be harming the public. The trials' shocking results led to the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and eventually to the creation of the FDA.

The Urgency of a Third Reconstruction

Robert Greene Dissent
The ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment marked a turning point in U.S. history. Yet 150 years later, its promises remain unfulfilled.

The Texas Counter-Revolution of 1836

Richard D. Vogel Monthly Review Onlinw
The revolt of the Anglo colonists was more than an independence movement—it was, in word and deed, a counter-revolution against the advancing trend of human liberation that was sweeping the world.

Trumpism, Realized

Adam Serwer The Atlantic
People who would do this to children would do anything to anyone. Before this is over, they will be called to do worse.

There Has to be More to It than Guns

Carl Davidson United Steel Workers of America Blog
I’m for stricter gun regulations. I’m also a 2nd Amendment guy on the left. I worry about the armed militias of the right, and how to defend innocent life. We have to begin breaking down all versions of 'the other.’ We need to change a deepening death culture?

books

Masters and Servants

Gaiutra Bahadur Boston Review
Situated in modern India, an Indian writer reflects on the still extant disparate roles of masters and slaves as parts of a vestigial system of imperial and racial capitalism, where to be a master was alleged to be a total provider, and to be a servant was not a job but a total identity.
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