History

July 06, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

In his book Metaphors We Live By (1980), philosopher Mark Johnson makes the point that we live our lives on the basis of metaphors and metaphorical patterns that we seldom notice.

July 05, 2015
By:
Gregory Smithers

The past two weeks has reminded Americans of just hard it is to escape the legacy of the Civil War. The Confederate battle flag—a symbol of racism for millions—appears on everything from license plates to string bikinis.

July 04, 2015
By:
Alex Jacobs

Researching slavery in American History is eye-opening as I realized it was not taught outright but only glossed over when I was a student.

June 15, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

I recently came across the book Writing the Social Text: Poetics and Politics in Social Science Discourse (New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1992), edited by Richard H. Brown.

June 11, 2015
By:
Peter d'Errico

When the jury and judges awarded Elizabeth Fenn the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in History for her book, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, their citation described the book as "an engr

June 06, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

At the University of Oregon (U of O), just south of the administration building, amidst the beautiful green scenery of the campus, is a bronze statue, “The Pioneer Mother.” On the front panel of the statue’s pedestal is the Latin word “PAX” (“Peace”).

May 28, 2015
By:
Kurt Luger

Former Congressman Ernest Istook, says that the “New Indian Wars are Fought at the Casino,” [Washington Times May 21, 2015].

Why would Istook try to start new “Indian Wars?” After 200 years of genocide by the United States, enough is enough!

May 26, 2015
By:
Steve Russell

Op-ed writer’s note: The source for the content of communications between Justice Robert H. Jackson and President Harry S. Truman is Professor John Q. Barrett of St.

May 25, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

In the 1823 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Johnson and Graham’s Lessee v. M’Intosh, Chief Justice Marshall made a statement on behalf of a unanimous court that the United States is still applying to our original nations and peoples one hundred and ninety two years later.

May 23, 2015
By:
Peter d'Errico

Galileo's telescopic observations converted him to the sun-centered view of the planetary system, and thereby made him a target for the Roman Inquisition. The Church was committed to an earth-centered view of the celestial realms.

May 16, 2015
By:
Steve Russell

Regular readers know that I write as much about colonial politics as I write about tribal politics.

May 04, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

In Hal Ashby’s movie Being There, starring Peter Sellers, at the end of the film there is a pyramid with an “all seeing eye,” and the slogan “Life is A State of Mind.” In The Universe and Dr.

May 03, 2015
By:
David MacKinnon & Sandra J.T.M. Evers

Can the European discovery and acquisition of land in America, either in intent or execution, be properly characterized as a project to pursue the “holy and praiseworthy” work of encouraging the rise and spread of the Catholic faith?

April 28, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

On May 2, the archdiocese of Los Angeles will host a daylong celebration at the main U.S. seminary in Rome.

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