Barack Obama and the Nommo Tradition of Afrocentric Orality
A scholar analyzes two of Barack Obama's commencement speeches, using West African nommo oratory as a guide.
“Jay Walking” and the Fight for the Streets
Debates over the priorities of cars, public transit and "jay walking" are nothing new. There has long been a story class buried within the disagreements.
Does Disunity Hurt the Left?
Does disunity harm a political party? An account of the organizing by unemployed workers in the 1930s may offer some clues.
The Ideological Slipperiness of the Kennedy Legacy
Politicians from both sides of the aisle have sought to stake a claim to the evocative power of the Kennedy legend. What is it about Camelot?
What Does Trump’s Golfing Reveal about His Personality?
It’s been noted that Donald Trump has been playing a lot of golf since becoming president. Can his habit be explained by his "sky-high extroversion?"
When “Welfare Reform” Meant Expanding Benefits
50 years ago, Republican politicians proposed, and sometimes won, welfare reform programs that were actually more comprehensive.
Does Political Violence Generate Real Change?
U.S. law prohibits American leaders from assassinating their counterparts in other nations. But targeted assassination has long been a part of history.
How The Espionage Act Became a Tool of Repression
The Espionage Act of 1917 marked the beginning of the one of the most repressive periods in American history, with 2000 dissenters prosecuted.
How Canada Learned From the U.S.A.’s Mistakes
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Canada as a nation. They that took as their model of democracy lessons from both Britain and the US.
Ronald Reagan, The First Reality TV Star President
Ronald Reagan is at the heart of the modern American politics of advertising, public relations, and a television in every home.