Racism has been used to suppress voter groups throughout US electoral history. This time around, there are extra elements at play.
Ethan Hawke plays John Brown in Showtime’s new miniseries.
The abolitionist's legacy is often molded to fit various political agendas. Yet the Brown who appears in Showtime's new miniseries is one we haven't seen before.
Your country needs YOU to be a critical friend.
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From medieval thinkers to James Baldwin, loving one's country has never meant you can't be critical of it too.
China has clashed with neighbors over its fishing in the contested South China Sea, pictured here. Controversially, Chinese fishermen also venture as far as Argentina and Ecuador.
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Chinese fishermen are illegally trawling South American waters, inflaming tensions with the US. But for centuries Washington used aggressive fishing to expand its overseas presence, too.
Mayflower ashore on the banks of the Thames in 1624, being broken for parts.
Dr Mike Haywood (used with the kind permission of The General Society of Mayflower Descendants)
When a shipload of puritan colonisers set sail for the New World, maritime science and navigation were fairly unsophisticated.
The Riverside Fire, viewed from La Dee Flats in the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon on Sept. 9.
Debating whether climate change or forest management has caused the devastating wildfires in California, Washington and Oregon is a false choice.
Before pilot Charles Taylor and company mysteriously vanished in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945, Taylor had to be rescued from the Pacific Ocean twice.
Charlottesville city workers drape a tarp over the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in 2018. Debate over removing the statue continues today.
AP Photo/Steve Helber, File
Once stripped of their symbolic power, problem monuments offer what educators call 'teachable moments,' helping people assess society's current values and compare them with what mattered in the past.
Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth, Mass., is a living museum that’s a replica of the original settlement, which existed for 70 years.
Descendants from the Pilgrims were keen to highlight their ancestors' role in the country's founding. But their sanitized version of events is only now starting to be told in full.
John James Audubon relied on African Americans and Native Americans to collect some specimens for his ‘Birds of America’ prints (shown: Florida cormorant), but never credited them.
National Audubon Society
US ideas about conservation center on walling off land from use. That approach often means expelling Indigenous and other poor people who may be its most effective caretakers.
These boys working in a Georgia cotton mill were photographed in 1909.
Lewis Hine/The National Child Labor Committee Collection via Library of Congress
More than a fifth of US children were working in 1900, and many Americans saw nothing wrong with that. It took decades of activism and court battles plus economic upheaval to change course.
Caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska.
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The Trump administration is opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing – a step that's as much about politics as it is about energy.
A Czech-born goaltender for a Canadian hockey team wears a jersey recalling the 1864 burning of Atlanta, Georgia.
AP Photo/Mark Zaleski
A 21st-century hockey team is connected with Gen. Sherman's Atlanta campaign and the destructive journey to Savannah.
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Flying the distinctive Confederate flag stokes strong reactions — as Australian soldiers are discovering.
To some Americans, the figures on Mount Rushmore are patriotic leaders; to others, they’re colonizers.
AP Photo/Stephen Groves
For some viewers, President Trump's July 3 speech at Mount Rushmore represented love of country. Others saw it very differently.
The musical re-telling of the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton has been widely praised for its pro-immigrant and anti-colonial sentiments.
It may have a diverse cast but it erases the Black and Indigenous people who were there in the room and relegates women to the sidelines.
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Hamilton – soon to stream as a film – has been hailed as radical. But it's true to the traditions of the American musical – the pursuit of truth, freedom and the American dream.
Emergency hospital during influenza epidemic at Camp Funston in Kansas around 1918.
National Museum of Health and Medicine
A century ago, the influenza pandemic killed about 50 million people. Today we are battling the coronavirus pandemic. Are we any better off? Two social scientists share five reasons we have to be optimistic.
Burning confiscated elephant ivory and animal horns in Myanmar’s first public display of action against the illegal wildlife trade, Oct. 4, 2018.
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In the 1800s, Americans hunted many wild species near or into extinction. Then in the early 1900s, the US shifted from uncontrolled consumption of wildlife to conservation. Could Asia follow suit?
These kids learned about staying healthy in schools around the time of the 1918 pandemic.
Cornell University Library
School systems realized that they couldn't deal with the pandemic on their own.