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  • Of Course, I Think About the Roman Empire Daily. You Don’t?

    Of Course, I Think About the Roman Empire Daily. You Don’t?0

    Last week, my wife asked me, “How often do you think about the Roman Empire?” Her question didn’t come out of nowhere. TikTok might be a minefield of Chinese cyberthreats, but it has birthed a trend in which women ask men how often they contemplate the glory that was Rome. The trend took off because wives were

  • Were Americans Really Better off During the Great Depression?

    Were Americans Really Better off During the Great Depression?1

    In the ever-evolving world of social media trends, TikTok has seen its fair share of fascinating and sometimes perplexing content. Lately, a concerning trend has emerged where some TikTokers are romanticizing and downplaying the Great Depression, a pivotal period of economic struggle in American history. Influencers on the platform are making bold claims about the

  • Not So Wild West

    Not So Wild West1

    In the 1952 movie High Noon, Gary Cooper plays a retired town Marshall who decides that he must face off against a gang member who is returning to town. The Marshall’s new bride is a pacifist and doesn’t want him to face this villain. Also discouraging is that the townspeople will not stand by him. He

  • The Native Americans Who Owned Slaves

    The Native Americans Who Owned Slaves5

    Did you know that the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery did not apply to all slaves? Most see slavery as a simple black-vs.-white issue. But those who do may not realize that the “Five Civilized Tribes” of the southeast — Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole — also participated in the institution of slavery. Because these tribes

  • The Conflict Over History

    The Conflict Over History0

    A recent report of the National Assessment of Educational Progress revealed a dramatic fall in history test scores among eighth graders. Given all the discussions and concerns about the health of our democracy, the decline of historical knowledge among young people seems particularly alarming. An ignorance of the nation’s democratic history clearly imperils the ability

  • In Mao’s China, They Even Monitored Talking in Your Sleep

    In Mao’s China, They Even Monitored Talking in Your Sleep1

    When the recently deceased Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot sang, “I heard you talking in your sleep… from your lips there came that secret I was not supposed to know,” he was talking about marital infidelity. Not long after Chairman Mao came to power in China, idealistic college students learned that political fidelity to Mao


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