The Historical Origins of Today’s Healthcare Debates

24 Mar

Here’s some historical perspective on U.S. health care in the 20th-21st centuries, by historian Christy Ford Chapin at the Organization of American History blog site: The Historical Origins of Today’s Healthcare Debates

Constitutional Originalism and History

20 Mar

Thanks to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch—a self-identified “originalist”—to the Supreme Court, constitutional originalism is yet again at the forefront of American consciousness. Historians would do well to take special notice. Read historian Jonathan Gienapp’s fine analytical account of constitutional originalism ans historians here at the Organization of American Historian’s Process site: Constitutional Originalism and History

Top Ten Reasons to Beware the Ides of March

15 Mar

Beware! March 15 will live in infamy beyond the murder of Julius Caesar. Here are 10 events that occurred on that date: Top Ten Reasons to Beware the Ides of March | History | Smithsonian

The Western origins of the sanctuary movement

14 Mar

Churches in the West are once again at the forefront of a grassroots effort to save immigrants from deportation. Read Sarah Troy’s cogent report on the history and current directions of the reawakened Sanctuary movement here at High Country News: The Western origins of the sanctuary movement — High Country News

5 Reasons Why Christians Should Study History

14 Mar

From historian Chris Gehrz of Bethel University, five reasons why Christians should learn to think historically about their past: 5 Reasons Why Christians Should Study History

Let’s Get Lost: Mapping Religion in the 21st Century

14 Mar

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Maps allow for a kind of immersive wandering, yet at the same time reminding us of our distance from that which we contemplate—this is an essential caution for considering any maps of American religion. Read Spencer Drew’s fascinating essay on mapping contemporary American religion here at Religion Dispatches: Let’s Get Lost: Mapping Religion in the 21st Century | Religion Dispatches

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The big, nearly 200-year-old legal issue at the heart of the Dakota Access pipeline fight

13 Mar

Tribal sovereignty is a concept that even some of the protesters may not be familiar with. But it’s important. This article by German Lopez at Vox does a fine job of clarifying some key issues and history about tribal sovereignty: The big, nearly 200-year-old legal issue at the heart of the Dakota Access pipeline fight – Vox

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