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The Irrational Racism Of Theodore Roosevelt

It’s not just current politicians who have spoken in code to appeal to sentiments favored by the KKK. Theodore Roosevelt used the meme of One Country One Flag One Language so habitually that he eventually began to roll the ideas out automatically without realizing the absurd inconsistency of demanding loyalty against foreigners while insisting on the use of a language of foreign origin. [...]

The Know-Nothings of the 1800s and the No-Mosquers of the new millenium

Steve Wessler asks two important questions in Wednesday’s Portland Press Herald:

The Ku Klux Klan has deep Christian roots. Would Americans rise up in anger if a Christian group proposed to build a church near the site of a Klan killing?

In 1856, a period of intense anti-Catholic sentiment in the United States, a mob [...]

What's So Great About Indiana?

When I say the word “Indiana,” people roll their eyes. Gary, Indiana? Not such a sweet home: it’s gray with polluted air and water. Southern Indiana is populated with towns like Gnaw Bone (known for its flea markets). Everyone I talk to about Indiana seems to eventually bring up the significant history and current activity [...]