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Battleground Schools: The Little Rock Nine and the Fight for Desegregation

In Honor of Black History Month After last week’s horrific mass shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it’s tempting to romanticize the past and imagine that obtaining an education was once not as dangerous of a proposition as it is now. However, the young people who led the charge to desegregate public schools in the United States also faced peril as they tried to attend classes.

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To Till a Field or Write a Poem? Booker T. Washington’s Legacy

In Honor of Black History Month Twenty-three years ago, I landed my first full-time college teaching position at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Originally known as Tuskegee Institute, the school was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881 to provide vocational education for southern blacks in the years after Reconstruction. Washington, born a slave in 1856, would overcome enormous odds to become the most influential African American in the United States

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Protect the First Amendment: Save Net Neutrality

The United States, born through freedom by seceding from the British Crown in 1776, proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence that all persons are created equal and endowed with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In 1791, the Bill of Rights established this ideal in further detail by outlining Americans’ rights in relation to its government. The First Amendment states that Americans have freedom of

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Heir to Springsteen: Eric Church and the American Psyche

I teach a college course called United States History Since 1945. It’s a fun class because the students and I get to reflect on U.S. social, political, economic, and military history of the last seventy odd years. It’s one of those classes where I can show the hilarious episode of I Love Lucy called “Job Switching,” where Lucy and Ethel find work in a candy factory while Ricky and Fred

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The Secret City: The Dilapidation of Y-12

In the hills of Tennessee lies the town of Oak Ridge, which is historically known now as “The Secret City.” It was one of three sites for the Manhattan Project back in the forties. Oak Ridge was created in 1974, and became the building site for the Y-12 Uranium Enrichment Facility. This facility was vital for research and development during war time. The employees at Y-12 researched and processed bomb

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Parental Alienation: The Silent Killer of Families

In my article, “The Covert Aggressor: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” I discussed how manipulators in a relationship can set up their partners for failure, then feel like they “win” when their partner feels bad. I’d like to visit another type of manipulator, the Parental Alienator. Meet Bob and Penny. Penny, never having had much male attention before, is thrilled that handsome, mysterious Bob wants her. Bob is happy to

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