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Understanding the past can help us better navigate today @TIMEHistory . Editors: @brianros1 @KathrynBrownell @car1ygoodman . Previously @washingtonpost .

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SOME PERSONAL NEWS: Today marks the end of an era — it is the last day of @madebyhistory at @washingtonpost . Six years ago we launched MBH with a mission to get smart history to more readers, and to inform and shape conversations about past and present.
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Knock, knock. Is this thing on? This summer @madebyhistory took a short pause, but we are back — and thrilled to announce our new publication partner, @TIME @TIMEHistory . 🥳🎉🤩❤️
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[taps microphone] We’ve got some news: @brianros1 , @KathrynBrownell & @car1ygoodman are thrilled to welcome @KeishaBlain to the Made by History editorial team. We’ve all long admired Keisha’s work and we’re thrilled to have her joining our team.
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The battles to stop CRT and preserve Confederate monuments claim that real Southern history is being erased. But look at the Southerners worth commemorating whose legacies have been erased because they fought racism, writes @ProfTDParry
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"The fact that violent right-wing groups in Germany and the United States are taking inspiration from the prospect of an authoritarian Reich makes it incumbent on us to take the prospect of a Fourth Reich seriously," writes @gavrieldrosenfe .
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"[T]he history of Pakistan reveals that inequality and poverty are no more natural than the floods: Both are colonial legacies perpetuated by contemporary arrangements of sovereignty and financial dependence." @MairaHayat
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"If the court overturns Roe, the impact will go far beyond abortion rights. It will also signal the dramatic expansion of religious authority into far-flung corners of American life..." writes David Sehat
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We have plans to continue with a new publication partner, which we will be announcing soon. Stay tuned. And stay in touch.
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1/Historians! We are preparing to launch a new @madebyhistory series that brings cutting edge research and the best historical analysis in our profession to better understand the issues, stakes, and strategies at play in the 2020 election: The #HistoriansGuideto2020
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"The scale of Trump’s tax avoidance reflects a contradiction in a democratic government...And anger over the unfairness of the tax system can result in dramatic political upheavals as a study of French history reveals," writes Christine Adams.
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@KevinMKruse explains why the president and some analysts are wrong: a blue wave crashed down on Tuesday.
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We are thrilled to announce that @madebyhistory has been selected to receive the 2022 Friend of History Award from the The_OAH. 1/
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The 2022 Friend of History Award goes to @madebyhistory for outstanding support of historical research and the public presentation of U.S. history. @washingtonpost @brianros1 @KathrynBrownell @car1ygoodman
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In the Middle Ages, anti-blackness and transphobia existed and intersected in complex ways. Understanding how they existed in the Byzantine Empire can help us to understand the roots of these "ideologies of hatred" today, writes @ProfBetancourt
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"God Forbid," a new Hulu documentary about Jerry Falwell Jr., "exposes how leadership sometimes functions in the religious right, and how Christian activists’ obsession over political power has transformed American culture." @Matt_A_Sutton
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President Trump is likely to devote a lot of his campaign to preaching law and order. But as @KevinMKruse explains, history shows that’s unlikely to be effective as an incumbent:
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We didn’t know that this work would come to feel so urgent, with ever-shocking, yet deeply rooted, breaking news shaping our worlds. @Brianrosenwald @KathrynBrownell and @car1ygoodman wrote a bit about the last 6 years of history-making in our last post:
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From @KevinMKruse a look at why @realDonaldTrump is wrong and Tuesday was very much a blue wave:
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With the recent indictment of rappers Young Thug and Gunna, Ashley Steenson looks at a case from the late 1990s to show "that law enforcement can misunderstand rap music and culture — and then misuse both to prosecute artists."
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It's our first birthday today! We've published more than 560 pieces from 460+ historians covering every area of history and most of the top stories in the news. Pitch us madebyhistory @washpost .com if you'd like to contribute. And thank you to all of our readers and sponsors.
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Colorado was once known as the “South Africa of the U.S.” for LGBTQ Americans. How did it do a 180 & become the first state to elect an openly gay governor?
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"During the 1970s, Harvey Milk and other gay rights activists built new coalitions with labor unions based upon a shared understanding that gay rights and labor rights were fundamentally connected," write Boris Heersink and @M_J_Lacombe .
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Friends, we are recruiting three guest editors to work with MBH this summer. If you are a history PhD who writes well looking to gain experience and bring your editorial perspective to our site, apply! $1500 stipend, apply by 6/6, more info here:
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"King’s most famous speech is a reminder that there is also no inherent barrier separating patriotism from dissent that assails the United States for not living up to its values," writes @julianzelizer .
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This work has never ceased to feel meaningful and important and that’s because of you: the historians who do the work, under challenging circumstances, requiring ever more courage, and the readers who engage with us. Thank you. Thank you.
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Some on the right claim that fascism is some sort of liberal or leftist philosophy. In reality, it’s the enemy of liberalism:
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Contrary to the basis of Justice Alito's opinion in Dobbs, a case in 1792 "demonstrates that the concept of abortion as a private matter was “deeply rooted” in the minds of our nation’s Founders." A piece by Sarah Poggi & Cynthia Kierner.
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"Today’s child-care crisis...is not new. It has been simmering below the surface for decades and can be traced back to President Richard M. Nixon’s 1971 veto of federally funded universal child care." -- @anna_danzi_halp
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"The 21st century depictions of White innocence and composure that define the queen’s portrayal in film and television are not incidental harmless nostalgia. They are central to the erasure of colonial racism and violence," writes @ElizabethKolsky .
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Thought President Trump was just being a vulgar run-of-the-mill racist when he called countries shitholes? Think again. He was actually tapping into a specific longstanding strain of racist thought:
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"In the late 1990s, even as corporate media companies converged and consolidated, bands like the @drivebytruckers seized new opportunities to flourish outside those corporate structures, finding alternative paths to success," writes Stephen Deusner
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The arguments put forth by the baker in the big Supreme Court case today about why he should be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ customers are very similar to those religious freedom justifications that slave holders and segregationists offered
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Myrlie Evers-Williams, the activist and widow of Medgar Evers, said, “The change of tide in Mississippi began with the Tougaloo Nine.” Read the story here, by @krforde , Brie Thompson-Bristol & Sophia Gardner
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"[T]he racial effect of the majority-vote, runoff election...persist in 2022. White voters will be the deciding factor in the outcome of the runoff election between two Black contenders, just as Georgia’s political leaders intended in 1964." -Steven Lawson
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To argue the recent Supreme Court decisions on abortion and gun rights, Justices Alito & Thomas drew from a "mangled" history. "But the court’s conservatives did not invent this history — they merely borrowed it from the Christian right." -Lauren R. Kerby
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Democrats won the House & it’s crucial to remember why voters gave them the chance to govern
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"... Americans have never agreed about what should be taught when it comes to our nation’s history and government. And as this latest round of test scores suggests, that has real implications for schoolchildren," write Glenn Altschuler & David Wippman.
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"These joint commemorations are testaments to a complex truth that Americans have long struggled to understand and accept, which is that America’s founding is neither categorically good or bad. It is both," writes Camille Davis.
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"[N]ot only is the idea of Argentina as a White nation inaccurate, it clearly speaks to a longer history of Black erasure at the heart of the country’s self-definition. Argentines have several myths that purportedly “explain” the absence.." @Prof_Edwards
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"There are serious convergences between the rhetoric and positions of American Nazis from the 1970s and the MAGA wing of the GOP today," writes @cholden07 .
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What happened after the Black Death wiped out much of Europe? Workers gained leverage — and then the powerful passed laws limiting worker freedom and mobility, writes @spencerstrub
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"LuLaRoe is at once totally steeped in Mormon culture and the very thing that current LDS leaders warn against." @JanieceJohnson discusses the appeal of multilevel marketing companies to Mormon women.
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"While the LDS Church has previously benefited from [its relationship to conservatism], the cultural divide has now grown so large that it may have transcended ecclesiastical control and threatens to weaken the authority of the Church."– @BenjaminEPark
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"Yet the Church Committee and the just-authorized House subcommittee have only superficial similarities, indicating that this House investigation may be fatally flawed — and could lead to blowback for Republicans," writes @kcjohnson9 .
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"Russian officials are preparing for a Mariupol Tribunal in an effort to control the narrative of the war: to turn reality on its head and propagate Putin’s falsehoods." @FranHirsch turns to the history of Soviet show trials to help explain.
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"Buzzwords like 'obscenity,' 'nudity' and 'decency' distract from a more sinister argument driving the censorship of comics: that progressive, accessible storytelling is somehow dangerous in the hands of young readers." -Viola Burlew
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We’ve run a lot of content contextualizing the uprisings across the country historically since Saturday, and we’ll spotlight them throughout today. But you can find them all here:
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Please read, share, retweet widely, and be sure to pitch us! @brianros1 @KathrynBrownell @car1ygoodman and the rest of the editorial team are looking forward to working with historians again to get the best possible history out into the world. Just in @TIME . 😊
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"Although Americans used different language to justify the very different invasions of Mexico in 1846 and Afghanistan in 2001, both wars were underwritten by the willful belief in the American ability to develop invaded lands." @xicanohistorian
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Sorry mistyped and didn't properly tag MBH co-founder @brianros1 , whose tireless efforts are the heart of MBH! smh 🤦‍♀️
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"Much has been written about the filibuster’s antidemocratic and racist past and present. But it has also been used as a tool of the antilabor right to weaken labor unions." @EmDiVito and Susan Kahn.
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"There is one president whose portrait doesn’t hang on the walls of the Oval Office, but from whom Biden can learn: Ulysses S. Grant," writes @JGiesberg .
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With today's release of a documentary called "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks," @JeanneTheoharis & @sayburgin disrupt the myths surrounding Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin.
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Since WWII, the church of Latter-day Saints cultivated a relationship with conservative politics and politicians. Now as vaccine hesitancy among Mormons continues this relationship threatens the authority of Church leadership, argues @BenjaminEPark
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For #MemorialDayWeekend Dr. Elise Lemire writes about the 1971 Memorial Day protest by a group of Vietnam veterans who rejected the commercialization of what should be a day of mourning — and who saw this day as a chance to advocate for peace.
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American Indians have joined the protests against police brutality, because they, too, are all too familiar with being the victims of over-policing and violent policing:
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Today, editor @KathrynBrownell launches us with a piece about the history of cable news, in light of tonight's GOP debate. Check it out:
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As @LeslieReagan8 writes, Texas’s new law encouraging private investigation into those who potentially violate the state’s restrictions on abortion could lead to the return of widespread harassment, shaming, and violence towards women.
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"Democrats need to do more than turn voters out as they did for Warnock. Out-organizing requires an ongoing investment in political infrastructure and a willingness to fight for bold change — as Georgia’s own history shows." @dnbrgr
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It’s time to reclaim the true Martin Luther King, writes @RickfordRussell :
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If taxes on the wealthiest Americans go up to fund Biden's $3.5 trillion budget, it will be transformative. Because our system of tax breaks is worse than you think: it not only produces economic inequality, but upholds white supremacy, Julia Ott writes
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And @bjschulm writes about how technology has shaped the history of media. TIME is 100 years old this year, a centennial that gives us all a lot to think about.
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We’ve hear an awful lot about Ben Franklin’s a republic if we can keep it quote today. But the story has been mangled over time:
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Americans have long focused on changing hearts and minds when it came to race. But as civil rights activists predicted, tiptoeing around racism has not produced the necessary change:
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"President Trump has accused the 1619 Project of rewriting American history. And in some ways, he is right. But, in doing so, the writers of the 1619 Project are engaging in an American tradition as old as the republic itself..." — @MichaelHattem
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In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth , we're highlighting groundbreaking scholarship in Black #history this week. Featuring the writings of @TLeFlouria , @drcooperowens , @SimonBalto , @RogueChieftan , @JeanneTheoharis , @benjamintalton , @profcsanders & more!
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"Universities claim to be custodians of timeless truths, yet they have been less than rigorous when telling their own stories...their real histories conflict with the sunny images the schools want to project." Ari Kelman, @emilyjlevine & @mitchellatedf
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Human rights dilemmas at the border "are not aberrations or exceptions. They are the outcome of border enforcement schemes that, for decades, have eliminated safe and legal avenues for migration and intensified border policing.." -Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez
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“…cities like Philadelphia face a choice: see gun violence as something that can be addressed by a tough-on-crime approach, or adequately invest in communities to eliminate the social inequality that produces poverty-induced violence.” @Philadelphian91
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"This powerful political coalition was not a last-minute manipulation of gullible voters in the late 1970s. Instead, it reflected a decades-long coalescing of religious and social conservatives around a host of issues..." @1gillianfrank1 @NeilJYoung17
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This Halloween, the Center for Women's History at the NYHS has opened a new exhibit challenging guests to consider "how generations of women’s rights activists have looked to the history of witch hunts as a call to defy gender norms." @anna_danzi_halp
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Hey @taylorswift13 here’s a piece @KeishaBlain wrote for us on the odious history of Nathan Bedford Forrest and how he came to be honored in Tennessee as part of the resistance to integration and equality.
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One month after the mass shooting targeting Sikh Americans in Indianapolis @migrantherstory pens a powerful piece on the history of South Asian legal advocacy:
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MBH is recruiting three guest editors to work with MBH this summer. We are seeking history PhDs who write well, who want do do more editing, to join us & bring your editorial perspective to our site. Apply by 6/6, $1500 stipend, more info here:
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In this piece, @rizzo_pubhist argues that while the war on drugs "helped cause the massive growth in the incarceration of Black and Latino men since the 1970s, it cannot explain this longer history of racist policing in Baltimore and cities like it."
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"Rachel Robinson — a woman referred to as the 'Queen Mother' by Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan — deserves to be honored, recognized and celebrated in her own right." @SethSTannenbaum
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"As we reflect on Thanksgiving and the history of conquest and violence against Indigenous people of the Americas, we would do well to listen to Native voices." -A. S. Dillingham
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Most of the Billy Graham remembrances have focused on his non-partisan nature as "America’s pastor,” but he actually started out as a fierce partisan and his transformation offers some lessons about his legacy which @KevinMKruse explores:
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"Today the national government has definitive authority to manage the entry and exit of people who cross national borders. But it was not always this way." @UnlawfulEntries
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"By linking these histories, we can see how the legacies and violence of border militarization have sprung from the limits on migration imposed by U.S. immigration policies more than 50 years ago." @gtmorals
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"For generations, these [American Indian boarding] schools took children from homes and demanded that they disavow their families, cultures and languages...to deny Native sovereignty and take Native land." – K. Tsianina Lomawaima
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Happy Friday! This summer @madebyhistory is thrilled to welcome several guest editors to our team. These editors bring rich, diverse expertise and their unique voices to MBH. Please welcome them! 1/
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It's more than just Chick-fli-A, @DrMChatelain argues that In-N-Out Burger, McDonalds, and other fast food chains "have roots in two pillars of 20th-century conservatism: Christianity and free markets."
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David Simon's "We Own This City" grounds present-day police brutality in Baltimore in the war on drugs. This history is important, but "anti-Black policing in Baltimore long predates the war on drugs." @rizzo_pubhist
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"Presenting Asian Americans in all of their complexity as they have sought to negotiate the American racial order can help communities learn from past mistakes, counter model minority stereotypes and build solidarity." @KGinLum
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The Second Amendment was always intended to protect white supremacy:
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"Women, and particularly wives like Eliza Hamilton, have been essential to our political and intellectual histories; it’s long past time we tell their stories." -- @seejenspeak & Menaka Philips
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@janemarcellus @washingtonpost Pitch us in 3-4 weeks. We'll be back at our new home in September. Just taking August off to facilitate the move and get a bit of a breather.
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"How Sadacca (1901-1980), his brothers & other Jews from the Ottoman Empire pioneered the Christmas-lights market a century ago reveals a dark side of their story — one shaped by nativism, antisemitism, Islamophobia & labor exploitation." -Devin E. Naar
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"Black Americans are central to the history of World War II, revealing the absurdity of the U.S. military’s policy of segregation during the war — and offering lessons for eliminating institutionalized prejudices today," writes @mattdelmont .
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“We still have a way to go on giving Black barbecuers their proper recognition, but the racial justice reckoning has begun. This time, let’s serve up racial justice ‘hot and fast’ rather than ‘low and slow.’” @soulfoodscholar
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"Only when Americans started thinking of themselves solely as consumers — a shift begun in the aftermath of World War II — did “inflation” become everybody’s enemy." — @RebeccaSpang
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Gun panics distract us from the root of our problem, writes @drewmckevitt , & let us imagine we are taking action on an intractable problem. But by targeting unvirtuous gun use/rs only, we ignore gun capitalism, which put 400 million+ guns in our hands.
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A reminder: if you'd like to pitch us, email madebyhistory @washpost .com.
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Today’s #MarchForOurLives will last for a few hours, but its impact will last for a generation:
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