“O! Thomas, you have had a long nap, and spent a great number of years in ease & plenty, upon our hard earned property.”
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
Ingersoll concludes by examining religious liberty in America. He goes so far as to single out Catholics for their enormous contributions to American life.
Frederick Douglass argues that slavery “destroys the central principle of human responsibility” and violates the Constitution in three short essays.
Mchangama argues for the necessity of the right to own not just personal property, but all property, including the means of production.
Although Van Buren himself was an effective politician, his years as president prompted scholars to rank Van Buren’s presidency as average, grouped among some of the least-effective and forgettable presidents in U.S. history
Samuel Adams was an important popular agitator and organizer during the American Revolution.
If Old South slavery was so awful, how did it produce poet George Moses Horton?—Through his life and verse, we seek out an answer.
Calls to regulate social media in the public interest fail to grapple with the messy details of policymaking, or the disparate desires of internet users
Channeling the spirit of Union Col. E. D. Baker, Frances Whipple became one of the earliest prominent voices for abolition in California politics.
“Copperhead” Democrat Charles Jared Ingersoll argues that both warring sections should embrace a large measure of compromise and conciliation.
Smith explores Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the value of history, and his plan for public universities.
Affirmative action cannot solve the American dilemma of racial inequality.
Smith begins a series of essays on the Declaration of Independence by examining colonial reaction to its list of grievances.
Founding father, scientist, businessman, diplomat—Franklin was America’s original “self-made man.”
“The insidious forces which produce inequality and destroy liberty are the subject of a large part of this volume.”