Revolutions afford a peculiar opportunity for a discussion of how historians think about time more generally. Does a revolution always represent a fundamental rupture within historical time?
When the water protectors (or, if you support the Dakota Access Pipeline, protesters, rioters, and troublemakers) formed the Sacred Stone Camp in April, they faced an insurmountable challenge: a semi-built, big corporation and bank backed, stakeholder supported “black snake” (or, if you support Dakota Access, pipeline) that was slowly creeping underneath their land and near their water source.
Everyone involved in TAHR is dedicated to a simple principle: that the past is relevant to the present. We hail from a wide variety of personal, political, intellectual, and disciplinary backgrounds both in and out of academia. The issues of today were formed historically, and the only appropriate solutions to those issues are ones informed by a comprehensive understanding of how they came to be.
As the death of Obamacare looms like a grim reaper over so many of us with preexisting conditions, lower incomes, or non-traditional forms of employment (Uber, anyone?), it seems worthwhile to examine some the primary obstacles to public acceptance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare).