The current crowd of would-be secessionists quotes freely from the Declaration of Independence. They should read another of Jefferson’s great works, his first inaugural address, in which he says, the first principle of republics is “absolute acquiescence in the decisions of the majority”.
Talking to kids about “growing up to be president” 40 years after Watergate.
In its bicentennial year, we should give it a name that conveys some useful information about the conflict.
Reports of the imminent collapse of the Philadelphia school district are exaggerated. It has struggled since it was created and it’s worth considering that history before the next rescue operation is undertaken.
Nineteenth century Americans would be horrified to see that the president of United States now lives surrounded by armed guards, bulletproof glass and surface-to-air missiles. They hoped that a chief executive elected by the people would not need protection from his fellow citizens.
In this presidential election year at the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it’s worth looking back to the master of “big tent” politics, Abraham Lincoln.
Americans love to sound off about the shortcomings of our government. Thanks to the First Amendment, we’re allowed to. We have a right to air our opinions and to criticize the system. We don’t have a right to to get what we want. And that’s a good thing.
An Inquirer article reported that only 13 percent of the high school seniors who took the National Assessment of Educational Progress in history “showed a solid grasp of the subject.” Okay, but who decides what constitutes a “solid grasp”?
A 1922 New York Times list of the greatest living American men and women provides a fascinating window into the post-WW1 period. My students came up with their own top ten for 2011.
Today’s tea partyers are not the first. In the 1920s, anti-prohibition “wets” invoked the 1773 event.