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Roundup

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • Republicans Were Trumpy Long Before Trump

    by Nicole Hemmer

    Although he ran as an independent, Ross Perot's 1992 presidential campaign raised questions about how the Republican Party would position itself in the post cold-war world. That same year, Pat Buchanan started to provide answers. 



  • Biden's Taiwan Rhetoric Risks Antagonizing China For No Gain

    by Stephen Wertheim

    The United States' "One China" policy is ambivalent, awkward and dissatisfying. But it's served to prevent a destructive war for decades. Biden's recent comments threaten to destabilize the arrangement. 



  • Institutional Histories of Canadian Slavery

    by Melissa N. Shaw

    McGill University’s institutional history dramatically changes when it accounts for the fact that its founder, James McGill, was an enslaver and trader of enslaved Black and Indigenous people.



  • Governors DeSantis and Abbott Borrow from the Jim Crow Playbook

    by Greta de Jong

    "Immigration scholars have noted how U.S. foreign policies contributed to the poverty and violence in Central and South America that migrants are fleeing. Yet rather than acknowledge this – along with assuming the moral responsibilities it entails – some GOP leaders denigrate and dehumanize refugees to win support from voters."



  • Book Bans Reflect Outdated Views on How Children Read

    by Trisha Tucker

    Research shows that children are not vessels into which books pour ideas, but co-creators of meaning as they read and process a book. Yet today's moral panic imagines books breaking down barriers between innocent childhood and a corrupt world. 



  • We're Living in Ken Starr's America

    by David Greenberg

    With two proceedings against Donald Trump and Republicans promising one against Joe Biden if they retake the House, we live in an age where impeachment is a part of national politics. Ken Starr can take as much credit or blame as anyone. 



  • A Short History of Fake History, and Why We Fight for the Truth

    by Robert S. Mcelvanie

    One of the most important parts of the civil rights struggle was an interracial effort to fight against a narrative of fake history that had been institutionalized in and out of the Jim Crow South—the white supremacist mythology of the "lost cause." That legacy should guide schools today. 



  • Once More, Railroad Workers are Taking the Lead for American Labor

    by Nelson Lichtenstein

    Railroad companies' profits hinge on inhumane scheduling practices—cutting the workforce to the bone and squeezing everything possible out of those who remain—that will soon be part of every industry if workers aren't able to fight back. 



  • Parental Rights Crusades Often Conceal Other Motives

    by Edward Larson

    Public schools have always been about more than academics, so it's important to look carefully at the actions of any group claiming to represent the parents' role in education. 



  • What "Parental Rights" Debates are Getting Wrong

    by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

    The success of the right-wing Moms For Liberty organization in raising fears of critical race theory and gender ideology obscure other historical models of parental activism; a cartoonish image of parents as reactionaries prevents dialogue that can get parents productively involved. 



  • "The Woman King" Softens Truths of the Slave Trade

    by Ana Lucia Araujo

    The film has a delicate task: showing the involvement of the Kingdom of Dahomey in selling other Africans to European slave traders without feeding narratives that blame Africans for the slave trade. It largely sidesteps this history instead. 



  • Queen's Funeral Reflects Centuries of Ritual

    by Emilie M. Brinkman

    Since the rise of the Tudor dynasty, the occasion of a royal funeral has been an opportunity for the successor to demonstrate their authority by ostentation and pomp in remembrance of a predecessor.