Slavery is not so far removed. Anderson and Minerva Edwards met in the 1860s as enslaved laborers in Texas, had 16 children and lived into their 90s in a cabin a few miles from the plantations they once worked. They are photographed here in 1937.
U.S. Library of Congress
Old injustices don't simply disappear with time – they tear a nation apart.
Entry to Mount Rushmore along the Avenue of Flags.
Patriotism means pride in country, but what are we proud of? A former national park ranger suggests that visiting historic sites can remind Americans of the heritage, good and bad, that they share.
Children bear the brunt.
Children end up caught in the political crossfire.
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The idea of an American Muslim registry has gained traction in some circles, but the historical precedents are shaky at best.
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If police officers are sent to museums to train observational skills, shouldn't literary texts be used to teach empathy?
Demonstrating in Washington state, November 2015.
Many groups have been labeled 'enemy' in the American past. A literary scholar looks at the role literature and philosophy have played in dispelling fears and shifting public attitudes.
Arriving in Lesbos, Greece from Syria.
Afghan, Syrian and Eritrean refugees keep arriving on Europe’s shores, reputedly at an increasing rate. They attempt to traverse the Mediterranean by land and sea, presumably hastened by Putin’s bombing…