Tag: American history

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Pollak: American History, the Passover Way

Imagine if we Americans learned, and taught, our history not as something that happened in the past, but as an experience that we ourselves had lived through.

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BLM Storms New Orleans’ Jackson Monument, Demands Removal

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Activists with Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the organization Take ‘Em Down NOLA stormed the French Quarter’s iconic monument to President Andrew Jackson, demanding it be removed from the public square.

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Black Lives Matter Threatens Jackson Monument in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – A group aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement is threatening to physically tear down New Orleans, Louisiana’s most famous French Quarter monument depicting President Andrew Jackson on a horse.

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No, the Constitution Is Not Racist, Sexist, or Outdated

As America celebrates Constitution Day, one expert reflects on the tragic reality that many of the nation’s students are being taught myths that claim the Constitution is a racist, sexist document that belongs to the horse-and-buggy era.

Federal (Union) troops march into position before the battle "Gallant Rally at the Klingle Farm" between Federal and Confederate forces during re-enactment activities recognizing the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War battle in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania July 6, 2013. Gettysburg officials are expecting 250,000 visitors to visit the small south-central …

Rod Gragg: Gettysburg Eyewitness Testimony Offers ‘The Most Powerful Kind of History You Can Have’

Author Rod Gragg, whose books include By the Hand of Providence: How Faith Shaped the American Revolution; Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation; and Eyewitness Gettysburg: The Civil War’s Greatest Battle, joined Friday morning’s Breitbart News Daily with SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon to talk about the enduring significance of Gettysburg and how the battle has become indelibly associated with the Fourth of July holiday.

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A Flag for General Washington

The saga of Fort Washington is one of tragedy, courage, and triumph – a tiny victory recorded in personal accounts of several intrepid Americans who possessed a profound devotion to a newly formed country and one of its flags.

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The Bridge that Saved America: The Epic, Yet Forgotten, 2nd Battle of Trenton

“Defend the bridge to the last extremity!” Washington shouted to his officers and men, as he stared at the massive British army coiling in front of the stone arched bridge that stood between his men and their destruction. “To the last man, Excellency,” one of Washington’s officers responded to his commander in chief, as a phalanx of Cornwallis’s army readied to charge the bridge.

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Elizabeth Edwards Spalding: How the Cold War Was Won

Breitbart News Daily radio show host Stephen K. Bannon interviewed Elizabeth Edwards Spalding, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and co-author of the new book, A Brief History of the Cold War.

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The Jacksonian Temptation: Trump vs. Cruz

Is America witnessing the re-emergence of “Jacksonian” politics? With increasing regularity, pundits are harkening back to the cultural and political movement that brought frontier General Andrew Jackson to the White House in order to explain the changes taking place in the Republican Party. The hero of the Battle of New Orleans is more relevant than ever, it seems.

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America Doesn’t Need ‘Presidents Day,’ It Needs the Constitution

On the third Monday of February, Americans celebrate George Washington’s Birthday, often inappropriately called “Presidents Day.” Even more unfortunately, this holiday doesn’t even fall on Washington’s Birthday due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which pushed numerous holidays to Monday in order to create more three-day weekends. Washington’s real birthday does not occur until February 22.

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Which Candidate Will Screw Up America the Least?

In the months leading up to the 2016 election cycle, I have often been asked by students, colleagues, and interviewers/journalists which of the potential candidates in either major party would be best suited to be president.

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What the Government is Still Hiding About the JFK Assassination

More than five decades after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, thousands of government files detailing the activities and testimony of shadowy spies, long-deceased witnesses and others with possible knowledge of the events remain shielded from public view.

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MLK Day: The Enduring Power of the Declaration and American Ideas

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is centered around the civil rights leader’s January 15 birthday and was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Though there are many reasons for celebrating and debating his life’s legacy, Martin King Jr. is primarily remembered in the 21st century for his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Bulldozing Monuments and the War on American History

On December 17, the New Orleans City Council voted to remove four Confederate statues from the city, using obscure “nuisance” laws to strip these over 100-year-old historic monuments from their places of honor.

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In Defense of Iconoclasm

On July 9, 1776, patriots in Manhattan, having heard the Declaration of Independence read aloud for the first time, marched down Broadway and tore from its perch the two-ton lead statue of King George III.

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HBO to Launch Andrew Jackson Miniseries Starring Sean Penn

Few Americans are more worthy of the big and small screen than Andrew Jackson—a poor, orphaned child of immigrants who fought in the American Revolution, moved to the frontier, and rose to become president of the United States. HBO is producing a six-hour miniseries based on Jon Meacham’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Why Is the Cato Institute Getting into Bed with the Hard Left to Smear US History, Keep Our Borders Open, and Diminish American Power?

The libertarian Cato Institute gets right down to it, in a New York Post op-ed titled, “Woodrow Wilson’s racism isn’t the only reason for Princeton to shun his name.” Yes, Cato went there. The libertarian outfit, which mostly seeks to identify with Republicans and conservatives on tax and spending issues, actually threw in with left-wing radical #BlackLivesMatter-type protesters on another important matter—defending the traditional understanding of US history. But as we shall see, the traditional understanding of US history means nothing to Cato.