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Here’s what could happen in Michigan if Roe v. Wade is...

In 1973, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade granted Americans the constitutional right to access a safe and legal abortion.  But...

Here’s how democracies die

If you want to know at what point America’s democracy started to die, experts say 2016 seems like a logical point: With nearly a...

Frederick Douglass: What to the slave is the Fourth of July?

Editor’s note: In February 2017, while marking African American History Month, former President Donald Trump praised Frederick Douglass as “an example of somebody who’s...

On this day in 1831: Blackburn slaves escape for freedom

On July 3, 1831, Thornton and Lucie Blackburn, Black slaves, bolted from Louisville, Ky., headed for freedom. The couple would arrive nearly 360 miles...

Jeff Timmer: Republicans threaten the ‘Chimes of Freedom’

Far between sundown's finish An' midnights broken toll We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing As majestic bells of bolts Struck shadows in the sound Seeming to be the...

2 Michigan Republicans vote against scuttling Confederate statues

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander...

On this day in 1958: ‘Soapy’ walks along the Mackinac Bridge

Official dedication ceremonies for the newly built Mackinac Bridge began on June 25, 1958. The occasion featured a walk across the five-mile suspension structure led...

Column: What, to the Republican, is the nineteenth of June?

The headline above pays homage to one of the most powerful and brilliant speeches in American history. Frederick Douglass, the 19th century’s most eloquent...

Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race...

WASHINGTON—Teachers from Tennessee to Iowa are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide over how schools teach kids about...

Column: White Americans can handle the truth about the nation’s history

When Europeans first came to the Americas in the middle of the last millennium, scholars estimate that there were roughly 60 million Indigenous people...

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