Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC
American History

Who Built the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.?

March 20, 2019

Today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a landmark feature of the nation’s capital and a must-see spot for visitors from around the world wishing to honor the fallen soldiers from a contentious 20th-century war. But the story of how this iconic Washington, D.C. memorial came to be is a tale of trauma, solidarity—and controversy. […]

Gavel on USA Flag
American History

What Happens Inside the U.S. Supreme Court?

March 20, 2019

For those of us outside the legal profession, the judicial branch may be the most opaque branch of the U.S. government—and the least understood. But it is by no means the least important. Here’s why it’s worth your time to come see the Supreme Court in action. […]

Painting of Sepoy Soldiers
History

The Sepoy Rebellion and the Threat to British India

February 25, 2019

The Sepoy Rebellion—the uprising of thousands of Indian soldiers—was the single greatest threat to British India since the Battle of Plassey in 1757. But this uprising was much more than a simple military mutiny or nationalist uprising. […]

Image of Native American Cemetery
American History

Native American Funerary Objects—Why Is Repatriation So Slow?

February 25, 2019

In 1990, Congress passed the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act. It expanded tribal rights to reclaim the skeletal remains and funerary objects of their own ancestors from collectors such as museums. However, many cases have been settled in just the last five years. Why? […]

Rare color photo of the trial at Nuremberg, depicting the defendants, guarded by American Military Police
History

The Aftermath of WWII—What Were the Nuremberg Trials?

February 25, 2019

In November 1945, the historic Nuremberg Trials began. They constituted a landmark exercise of a post-war legal system. As hate groups resurface in America today, what can we learn from court proceedings against Nazi war criminals? […]

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