Of Presidential Campaigns and Partisan Press: Journalism in the Elections of 1848 and 2016

In this presidential election year, some political observers have lamented the disappearance of a non-partisan press. Today, Republicans watch Fox News and read theWall Street Journal; Democrats prefer MSNBC and the New York Times. The Internet has further fragmented journalism,… Continue Reading Of Presidential Campaigns and Partisan Press: Journalism in the Elections of 1848 and 2016

Interracial Sex and American Conservatism, from the Civil War Era to the Age of Trump

Gender and race are center stage in the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton, for instance, hopes to derail Donald Trump’s recent pivot to the center and his courting of African Americans by linking him to the white nationalist “alt-right” movement. The… Continue Reading Interracial Sex and American Conservatism, from the Civil War Era to the Age of Trump

Fighting for Every Yard: Colin Kaepernick and Patriotism in African American History

In recent days, Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest about the treatment of people of color in the United States has garnered both applause and condemnation across the fifty states. Lately, he has been joined by a teammate, a college teammate, an… Continue Reading Fighting for Every Yard: Colin Kaepernick and Patriotism in African American History

Fraud, Violence, and ‘Rigged’ Elections: A Warning from Bleeding Kansas

Democracy is fragile. One whiff of dishonesty, real or imagined, can undermine our dedication to democratic procedures. Even the wildest accusations about an opponent’s unethical or illegal behavior can help us justify rewriting the rules, or ignoring them altogether, in… Continue Reading Fraud, Violence, and ‘Rigged’ Elections: A Warning from Bleeding Kansas