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What Is the Electoral Count Act—and Why Did the House Vote to Reform It?

Updating the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act could help safeguard future presidential elections. Here’s how.

The Complicated Ukraine-Russia War, Explained in Simple Terms

As war erupted in Ukraine, many people wondered how things got to this point. Here, we break down Russia and...


Why Do Supreme Court Justices Serve for Life?

It's a question many have about the U.S.'s highest court—and the rationale dates back to America's founding.


How the Clenched Fist Became a Black Power Symbol

The clenched fist has been closely tied to social tumult throughout history, yet the gesture's representation of strength and hope...


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What Does the Second Amendment Really Mean?

The answer to that question is as old as the country itself, and it continues to evolve as Americans debate...

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What Would It Take to Amend the Constitution?

It’s not easy to change the Constitution—and that’s exactly what the Framers intended.


Why Black History Month Is More Important Than Ever

While it's important to celebrate Black culture and contributions, it's equally important to acknowledge how society still oppresses and discriminates...

11 “Facts” About the Civil Rights Movement That Aren’t True

Separating fact from fiction isn’t just important from a historical perspective—it’s also essential in winning today’s fight against racial injustice.


20 Vintage Photos of What Voting Used to Look Like

Voting is a staple of American democracy—and in many cases, a hard-won right. These glimpses of past elections will remind...


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13 Spots in America Where Famous Protests Took Place

Every change has to start somewhere. Each one of these places has a story to tell.


8 Children’s Nursery Rhymes That Are Actually Racist

Can a catchy little rhyme really be that problematic? Yes—and it’s one way racism was inextricably woven into American life....

10 Examples of Whitewashing You Never Thought About

What happens when White supremacy, culture, and storytelling collide? The big bang erases diversity from our history books, our entertainment,...


This Is What Whitewashing Really Means—and Why It’s a Problem

For decades, whitewashing has taken a diverse, multicultural world and tried to paint it one color. The picture has never...


The Racist History of Mount Rushmore

The history of Mount Rushmore is racist in its origins and remains a potent symbol of the nation's betrayal of...


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10 Institutions You Didn’t Know Had Ties to Slavery

Some of the establishments and traditions that define America have shameful connections to the chains and shackles that bound the...


10 Examples of Cultural Appropriation You Never Thought About

It’s not "just entertainment." Get ready to cringe at this unflinching look at some of your pop culture favorites.

11 Popular Songs You Didn’t Realize Are Actually Racist

You may have been singing along to them for years, but have you ever really thought about their lyrics? If...


This Is Exactly What Cultural Appropriation Means

What happens when cultures collide? A backdrop of systemic racism can turn innocent cultural exchange into insidious cultural appropriation. Here's...


12 Free Online University Classes You Can Take on African American Studies

Want to expand your understanding of race relations in America but don’t know where to start? You’re in the right...


What Does BIPOC Stand For? Why It’s Important to Know What This Acronym Means

Have you been seeing this term a lot lately? Here’s what it means and when you should—and shouldn't—use it.

13 Coronavirus Photos That Could End Up in History Books

One day, when the pandemic is long behind us, you might see one of these iconic photographs and everything will...


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13 LGBTQ+ Heroes You Didn’t Learn About in History Class

These brave men and women fought for equality and acceptance and forged a path ahead for the LGBTQ+ community.


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13 Ways Coronavirus Is Different From All Epidemics Through History

We've seen a variety of pandemics and epidemics throughout history but COVID-19 is something else entirely.


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8 Geniuses Who Made History in Quarantine

These celebrated people emerged from plague, exile, months of bed rest, or wartime occupation with some seriously incredible work.

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What Really Happened in Chappaquiddick? 15 Eerie Facts About the Shocking Ted Kennedy Scandal

In 1980, Reader's Digest commissioned reports on tidal conditions and the speed of the car on the night of the...



Faces of America: A Civil War Reenactment in Dublin, VA

Photographer Glenn Glasser meets passionate performers in Dublin, VA at the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain Civil War Reenactment.