Oath Keepers in the State House: How a Militia Movement Took Root in the Republican Mainstream

A membership roster for the Oath Keepers, a violent extremist group whose followers have been charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection, includes state lawmakers, congressional candidates, and local government and GOP officials. North Carolina state representative Mike Clampitt swore an oath to uphold the Constitution after his election in 2016 and again in 2020. ButContinue reading “Oath Keepers in the State House: How a Militia Movement Took Root in the Republican Mainstream”

Black Americans in the Civil War: Crash Course Black American History #18

The American Civil War is one of the deadliest in US History, and let’s just get this out of the way: it was about slavery. In the more than 150 years since the end of the Civil War, there have been many attempts to litigate the reasons for the war, but the reality is thatContinue reading “Black Americans in the Civil War: Crash Course Black American History #18”

The Civil War, Part I: Crash Course US History #20

In which John Green ACTUALLY teaches about the Civil War. In part one of our two part look at the US Civil War, John looks into the causes of the war, and the motivations of the individuals who went to war. The overarching causes and the individual motivations were not always the same, you see.Continue reading “The Civil War, Part I: Crash Course US History #20”

Battles of the Civil War: Crash Course US History #19

In which John Green lists a whole lot of the battles of the US Civil War in seven and a half minutes. We get a lot of requests for military history, so we offer a list of battle names, with some commentary about outcomes, and lots of really interesting pictures. This is a but ofContinue reading “Battles of the Civil War: Crash Course US History #19”

The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies: Crash Course US History #4

In which John Green teaches you about some of the colonies that were not in Virginia or Massachussetts. Old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why they changed it, I can say; ENGLISH people just liked it better that way, and when the English took New Amsterdam in 1643, that’s just what they did. BeforeContinue reading “The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies: Crash Course US History #4”

12 dead in Alabama due to Claudette, including 10 children

Tropical Depression Claudette claimed 12 lives in Alabama as the storm swept across the southeastern U.S., causing flash flooding and spurring tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes. Ten people, including nine children, were killed Saturday in a fiery multi-vehicle crash about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Montgomery on Interstate 65, according to Butler CountyContinue reading “12 dead in Alabama due to Claudette, including 10 children”

South Carolina: Court halts executions of Brad Sigmon, Freddie Owens; says firing squad needs to be option

The South Carolina Supreme Court has again halted the executions of Brad Sigmon and Freddie Owens, two Greenville County men convicted of separate murders who were scheduled to die just days from now. The similar rulings came late Wednesday, June 16, just two days before Sigmon was to be executed, and nine days before Owens’ scheduled JuneContinue reading “South Carolina: Court halts executions of Brad Sigmon, Freddie Owens; says firing squad needs to be option”

The Stono Rebellion: Crash Course Black American History #6

Enslaved people resisted their condition in a range of different ways. Oftentimes those ways were small and personal. There were also times when that resistance took on larger, more dramatic forms, like with slave uprisings and rebellions. Today, we’ll learn about the Stono Rebellion, which was an uprising led by enslaved people in South CarolinaContinue reading “The Stono Rebellion: Crash Course Black American History #6”

Political artist John Sims detained, handcuffed by S.C. police in his gallery apartment

“While I am very glad to be alive I know many have never made it out alive,” John Sims tells theGrio. A Black artist in Columbia, South Carolina was held at gunpoint, handcuffed and detained by police officers who thought he was an intruder in his own apartment and art gallery. Artist and activist John Sims —Continue reading “Political artist John Sims detained, handcuffed by S.C. police in his gallery apartment”

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