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Month: December 2017

On Reparations and Reconciliation

On Reparations and Reconciliation

Students of Native American History could benefit from paying attention to the debate that took place earlier this week between Cornel West and Ta-Nehesi Coates.  Coates wrote We Were Eight Years in Power and West reviewed that book in The Guardian.  Since then, Coates has deleted his Twitter account after a lengthy exchange. I like Coates’ work, a lot, though I have yet to read his most recent book.  His article on white supremacy and the rise of Donald Trump…

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The Ballad of Roy Moore

The Ballad of Roy Moore

  Roy Moore, Roy Moore, of the G-O-P Ran for the Senate, and lost mightily A Democrat took that seat, Yes, Indeed. But Ol’ Roy Moore has yet to concede.   But what would’ve happened, if you had won? A senator who like teens, and bibles, and guns? When I look at you, here’s what I see– A monster who feels contempt for democracy.   Roy Moore, Roy Moore, of the G-O-P It’s wrong to date teens, they seemed to…

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It’s Finals Week!

It’s Finals Week!

Your final exam in Western Humanities, people.  Please discuss quietly in your groups.   Choose one of the following two options as the basis for your essay:   1).  Read closely and thoughtfully Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” A copy is available on the class Canvas Page in the “Martin Luther King” folder.  I would like you to read the letter very carefully and think seriously about it.   You will see from King’s letter that he…

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Visiting Carlisle, One Click at a Time

Visiting Carlisle, One Click at a Time

I have written at length on this blog about the boarding school experience, mostly in light of recent Canadian efforts to recover and digitize an enormous documentary record and discuss its implications fully enough to arrive at some sort of truth and reconciliation for the suffering these institutions unquestionably caused. While acknowledging the limitations of these initiatives, I have been largely positive in my assessment, and I have lamented that no similar accounting has taken place in the United States. …

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New York Historians and the State’s Freedom of Information Law–The Time to Act is Now

New York Historians and the State’s Freedom of Information Law–The Time to Act is Now

This morning’s Rochester Democrat and Chronicle included an editorial that should be of interest to all historians working in New York state and all historians anywhere interested in New York history.  According to the D&C editorial board, the bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) to strengthen New York’s FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) is a significant piece of legislation that is worthy of support. The bill has passed both the State Assembly and the Senate, has bipartisan support, and…

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