Eugene Debs – A “Dangerous Man Calculated to Mislead the Unthinking”

Hi, I'd like to share one of my favorite stories from American history. This is the story of Eugene Debs: Eugene Victor "Gene" Debs (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926) was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies), and five times …

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Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America

With support from the Foundation, Martin Gilens, Professor of Politics at Princeton University, has been studying economic inequality and political power in the United States. His project, entitled "Inequality and Democratic Responsiveness," relates policy preferences expressed by low, middle, and high income Americans with actual federal policymaking between 1964 and 2006. Gilens' analyses show enormous …

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U.S. Foreign Economic and Military Aid by Major Recipient Country: 2001 – 2009

It needs to be said: the United States supports dictators! There is no greater example than by looking at the country of Egypt. Egypt just finished toppling a dictator (Mubarak) who has been receiving substancial militaty aid for years, second only to Israel in the Middle East. Take a look at the numbers: In millions of dollars (16,836 represents …

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The Radicalism of the American Revolution

The “meaning” of the American Revolution has been hotly debated for more than 200 years. For some, it is a conservative effort by planters to seize power and control the development of a society already divided between slaves and free men, whites and non-whites, and the landed and the landless. For others, it represents a …

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From Lexington and Concord to Yorktown

This outline covers the fighting during the American Revolution from Lexington and Concord to the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781. The victory of the American colonists is an extraordinary story of a small group of colonials challenging and defeating the most powerful empire in the world. This victory was made possible by the larger …

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The “North” American Revolution Emerges

This outline begins with a brief survey of the 13 colonies, including their origins, similarities, and differences. I stress the contingency and uncertainty of the colonists’ development as a unified group of peoples. This sense of unity emerges out of a series of colonial wars that the English fought, especially with the French in the …

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