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Illustration by Andrea Nebhut History and historians are important in understanding the contexts of our modern world. They help us place movies and political events into context, and without the careful study of the past, myths that the Civil War was about anything other than slavery would still remain unchallenged. From the Washington Post’s “Made By History” to the twitter tag #HATM — Historians at the Movies, a group of historians who live-tweet movies on...

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Recently, while reading “Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974,” a new book by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian Zelizer, professors of history at Princeton University, I was struck by the absence of Native voices in their discussion of modern U.S. political history. While Kruse and Zelizer’s new book is excellent, the absence of Native experiences and contributions to U.S. political history in their book’s narrative reflects a broad tendency among U.S....

It’s the witching hour, folks. With recent reboot of “Charmed,” and a reimagination of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” a president with scandals and a controversial new member of the Supreme Court, one could say that the 1990s are back. With this backdrop, the increased presence of witches in popular culture appears to be a commentary on the need to dismantle the patriarchy; the witch as a symbol additionally seems to take this commentary a step...

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“Boys will be boys.” Four short words that are commonly used to excuse actions that can hurt someone grievously for a lifetime. And when a woman comes forward to testify, to share the truth about the harassment and the trauma she faced, she is slandered as remembering her trauma wrong — as if the memory didn’t constantly replay in her mind. Many defenses of Brett Kavanaugh hinge on the idea that boys will be boys...

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Shocking revelations and event after event revealing duplicities from the White House that leave the nation glued to their screens watching investigations unfold — though these details correspond with the present Trump drama, this account is about Richard Nixon. Reading Stanley L. Kutler’s “The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon,” one is struck by the sheer length of the investigation and the sheer effort put forth by the Nixon administration to cover...

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One of my first political memories occurred during the 2008 election night when I thought John McCain, the former senator of Arizona, was winning because of all the red states on the map. Like most 11-year-old children, I didn’t really understand the electoral college. Time went on, and my political allegiances shifted, but I never lost a grudging respect — and occasional admiration — for John Sidney McCain III. While this is a departure from...

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History matters. It shapes how we think and the institutions that surround us. This column will focus on the impacts of history and how it shapes our world. To start with, I will look at the founding of Trinity University and its intersection with the rise of coeducation and religion. According to R. Douglas Brackenridge’s “Trinity University: A Tale of Three Cities,” Cumberland Presbyterians founded Trinity in 1869 with the intention of creating “a university...