Fourth Of July


Fourth of July Then and Now

When I was growing up in a small town in Illinois during the Eisenhower administration, Fourth of July was pure and simple: the children decorated our bikes and tricycles with red, white, and blue crepe paper to ride around the … Continued


Cross-Post: No Going Home

The New York Times gathered the stories of a group of historians and writers to discuss immigration and Independence Day. All the stories are good and worth reading; the one featured below stuck out as an especially poignant reflection on … Continued

The Climate of Fear and the Illusion of Freedom

Red lights flashing, the State Trooper pulls up behind the car with no front plate. License please. No license, just a passport. Let’s see it. It’s at home. Let’s go get it; I’ll follow you. They drive to the trailer. … Continued