SOURCE: Letters from an American
by Heather Cox Richardson
A lot of folks have been asking me lately if America has ever been in such a crisis before and, if so, what people in the past did to save democracy. The answer to the first question is yes, it has, three times.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
by Heather Cox Richardson
Putting new stars on the U.S. flag has always been political. But D.C. statehood is a modest partisan ploy compared with the mass admission of underpopulated western territories—which boosts the GOP even 130 years later.
SOURCE: Raw Story
Heather Cox Richardson: Trump isn’t the first president to compare himself to Jesus — the last one who did ‘planned to lead his white supremacist supporters to victory’
According to historian Heather Cox Richardson, however, Trump isn't the first president to compare himself to Jesus, whom Christians believe was the son of God.
SOURCE: NY Times
Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the 2018 race for Georgia governor, visited the Library Company of Philadelphia for a conversation on voter suppression with historians Carol Anderson, Heather Ann Thompson, Heather Cox Richardson, and Kevin Kruse.
The first government shutdown in history was in 1879, when former Confederate Democrats in Congress refused to fund the government unless protections for black voters went away.
SOURCE: BC Heights
“If you start to look at your history with clear eyes, you will be more likely to look at the world with clear eyes.”
Heather Cox Richardson says finding her name on the list was a “punch in the gut.”
by Tiffany April Griffin
"I didn’t really choose history; it chose me. I’m from a small town, and grew up listening to people who made sense of the world through their stories about the past. History was very real to us, and very important for understanding the present."
SOURCE: Bloomberg News
Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of history at Boston College and the president of the Historical Society. The opinions expressed are her ownThe government has the right to “demand” 99 percent of a man’s property when the nation needs it.That was the argument made by a Republican congressman in 1862 to introduce a novel idea: the federal income tax.The Civil War was then costing the Treasury $2 million a day. To pay for uniforms, guns, food, mules, wagons, bounties and burials, Congress had issued hundreds of millions of dollars of bonds and paper money. But Republicans had a horror of debt and the runaway inflation that paper currency usually caused.Taxes were the obvious answer. A conservative Republican newspaper declared: “There is not the slightest objection raised in any loyal quarter to as much taxation as may be necessary.”...
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