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Defending the First Amendment

Paul Ortiz Portside
*Organize where you are* and please understand a simple truth. The widening assault on K-20 education, union rights, intellectual freedom and the First Amendment is soon coming to your back yard if it hasn't yet arrived.

Washington Should Think Twice Before Launching a New Cold War

William D. Hartung, Nick Cleveland-Stout, Taylor Giorno Tom Dispatch
Heightened rhetoric about Russia and China seeking to undermine American influence will only reinforce Washington’s support for repressive regimes. The consequences of that could, in turn, prove to be potentially disastrous.

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The Uneasy Alliance Between Frederick Douglass and White Abolitionists

William G. Thomas III New York Times
Douglass refused to cede the Constitution to the slaveholders. He insisted the Constitution did not sanction slavery, that natural law and the Constitution assured liberty, and political action would be necessary to destroy slavery and secure freedom

National Report on the Teaching of Reconstruction

Zinn Education Project Zinn Education Project
The dominant and distorted scholarship framed Reconstruction as an illegitimate enterprise that failed to sustain multiracial democracy. For much of the 20th century, this bogus history was used to justify denying Black people full citizenship.

Why is So Little Known About the 1930s Coup Attempt Against FDR?

Sally Denton The Guardian
Business leaders like JP Morgan and Irénée du Pont were accused of plotting to install a fascist dictator. If the plotters had been held accountable in the 1930s, the forces behind the 6 January coup attempt might never have flourished now.

Oliver Stone Talks About JFK’s Killing

Ed Rampell interviews Oliver Stone Jacobin
Oliver Stone sat down with Jacobin to discuss JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, his new documentary that exhaustively makes the case that the national security state, including the CIA and FBI, killed John F. Kennedy — not a lone shooter.

Moments of Rupture: The 1930s and the Great Depression

Michael Goldfield and Cody R. Melcher Organizing Upgrade
Occasionally, in politics and social-economic struggles, there occur "moments of rupture," periods of dizzying and dramatic change when hosts of opportunities present themselves and existing arrangements of power are radically altered.
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