Summer is gooseberry picking time. Sure, we have already picked asparagus, peas, cherries, currents and others, but picking gooseberries brings memories back of a young goat that lived here years ago. When she met the bush, she tried to nibble, but the bush has small prickles.
I had heard that goats were experts at eating all sorts of things, and maybe she was so young that she hadn’t learned such important things yet. She hit the prickles and was so shocked that something she wanted to eat would fight back that she stepped back two steps and lowered her head and attacked the offensive bush....
Abraham Lincoln sat peacefully in the National Lincoln Memorial.
A tear drop fell.
Our National Statue of Liberty stood peacefully on our NYC shore.
A tear drop fell.
The tanks rolled in.
The Lincoln Memorial was blocked.
We could not sit on the steps.
A tear drop fell.
We could not quietly walk up to Lincoln as he peacefully sat and watched over our capital.
As he looked down our National Mall that was made for and is for all of us,
As he shared the stage with Martin Luther King who had a dream,
As he listened to Marian Anderson sing “America”,
A tear dropped from Lincoln and from Lady...
Ignorance, racism and poverty are perpetuated by education that avoids such delicate subjects to please our politicians. A majority of college-educated white women voted for Trump in 2016. Fascists were elected in other major countries.
Our democratic institutions are endangered along with the climate, health, fair justice and national decency. The top one percent laugh as they take most of the wealth that workers produce. The U.S. is the only advanced country without paid family leave. The minimum wage leaves many children deprived of a good chance to become middle class citizens.
The key take away from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday was Mueller’s emphasis on his report’s key finding: that the Russians had interfered in the 2016 election in an effort to help Trump get elected “in sweeping, systematic fashion” and that it was not an isolated instance. “They’re doing it (now) as we sit here.”
And when answering a question from Rep. Peter Welch about whether the use of foreign help in future elections was likely, Mueller replied: “I hope this is not the new normal, but I fear it is.”
“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and to the future.” Frederick Douglass said that in a speech he delivered on July 5, 1852, in Rochester, N.Y.
As a historian, I think a lot about the past. I am trained to study it, analyze it, interpret it and, if I am doing it right, I can make my work accessible to my students as well as to the broader public and hope that with some knowledge of history, people will make more informed decisions about the future.
On the Fourth of July, my very good friend Marisela, also a historian, reminded me of Douglass’s poignant...
For the past few months, I’ve been experiencing a new feeling: pain. So far, I’m not a fan.
To be fair, it’s not excruciating; but I hurt my shoulder this spring, and it’s still giving me trouble.
I’d like to say I wrenched it in heroic fashion — sweeping a toddler from the path of a charging bull, for instance. But no. The cause was a less exciting though still dangerous activity called “life after 50.”
Being in pain is, like eating olives (the worst!), something I’ve managed to avoid for most of my life. So when my shoulder first started bothering me, I assumed I should ignore it and “power...
There’s a new parlor game among progressives these days, a question we often ask each other: Do you have a favorite candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination?
Let’s call it “Worried Liberals Frantically Search for a Credible Candidate Who Won’t Sell Them Out.”
But it’s challenging to find a favorite among the approximately 75 hopefuls.
I find especially it difficult to pick a favorite because I myself am a declared candidate for president.
Official Campaign Slogan until I think of a better one: “My Ass is Grass Again,” because it allows me to economically reuse any “MAGA” hats...
Editor’s note: This is the 27th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition.
In studying the history of American politics from 1826 to the Civil War in search of persons who shaped it, I find that there are two who deserve special notice and warrant a place in this series: Andrew Jackson (1767–1845) and John C. Calhoun (1782–1850). Jackson led the nation “through force of personality,” rather than through his intellect. Calhoun excelled in intellect and was arguably the most eminent American political philosopher of the first half of the 19th century,...
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This past weekend marked my family’s annual pilgrimage to Oak Hill, N.Y., for one of the best kept secrets in the Northeast — Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. This is the weekend when we join a community of 7,000 on the Walsh family farm hilltop and set up an encampment overlooking multiple music stages featuring iconic old-timers such as Del McCoury, as well as up and coming bluegrass talents from around the world such as We Banjo 3, an Irish double brothers quartet. If you haven’t heard of them yet, you will.
Like many bluegrass-loving folk, the anticipation that precedes this event rivals...
I was heartened by the outpouring of love and respect for the basic dignity and humanity of immigrants coming to America at the Bristol Independence Day parade, with dozens of local residents marching against our government's cruel policies of separating refugee families and holding children in horrific conditions, under the watch of brutal guards, with many well-documented cases of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse.
As a first-generation American who has been fortunate enough to live the "American Dream", and as a grandson of Holocaust survivors, I am deeply pained to see such racist...