“Hands off DC”: Race and Congressional Control of Washington, DC

by Kyla Sommers Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) recently made national headlines and late-night punchlines when he suggested low income people should stop buying iPhones to afford healthcare.[1] In the District of Columbia, however, Chaffetz is primarily known for his attempts to block DC legislation and programs. Since 2014, Chaffetz has served as the Chairman of … Continue reading “Hands off DC”: Race and Congressional Control of Washington, DC

Kiss Me I’m Irish: St. Patrick’s Day and Irish-American Identity

by Michael Johnson Growing up in an Irish Catholic family, my family embodies many of the stereotypes one thinks of around St. Patrick’s Day. The cousins Patrick and Danny Boy. The fond childhood memories of pubs and Irish music, most often played by a family friend who immigrated to the United States and became, you … Continue reading Kiss Me I’m Irish: St. Patrick’s Day and Irish-American Identity

Bring Back Our Jobs: Work, Machines, and Energy Infrastructure

by William Horne Sometime in the late 1930s, Irene Robertson interviewed Mary Teel about her memory of slavery and her life since. Some of Robertson’s questions clearly made the formerly-enslaved Teel feel uncomfortable, like when she asked about the Klan, education, and voting. Nonetheless, Teel’s account of slavery and its aftermath repeated a theme common … Continue reading Bring Back Our Jobs: Work, Machines, and Energy Infrastructure

This Really Is Your America

by Nathan Wuertenberg From the announcement of his candidacy in 2015 to his victory on election night a year later, many (particularly white liberals) viewed Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency with a sense of steadily growing disbelief. His infamous announcement speech on June 16, 2015 set the tone for the next eighteen months of … Continue reading This Really Is Your America

Energy and the Trump Administration: Pipelines, Promises, and the Third Energy Shift

by Tom Foley As Americans, we love our history, and in that sense, President Trump is no different. Oftentimes, however, his passion for America’s past makes it difficult for him to convey his vision for an American future. This stems in part from his misunderstanding of, or not knowing about, aspects of our history that … Continue reading Energy and the Trump Administration: Pipelines, Promises, and the Third Energy Shift

Review: Man in the High Castle and American Fascism

by Andreas Meyris As a young and hopeful historian, one thing I am commonly asked by friends and family is whether or not their favorite historical drama or “period piece” is “historically accurate.” Most of the time I have only a vague idea. As a scholar of early twentieth century radical politics, my expertise is … Continue reading Review: Man in the High Castle and American Fascism

Policing Patriotism: A Brief Reflection on Racism, Migration Status, and Belonging

by Cory James Young In his first inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln tried to calm the fears of his political opponents: “While the people retain their virtue and vigilance no Administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can very seriously injure the Government in the short space of four years.” The Confederates didn’t buy it, and … Continue reading Policing Patriotism: A Brief Reflection on Racism, Migration Status, and Belonging