Thoughts On Colonial History for Columbus Day

October 12, 2020

The 1619 Project, launched last year by The New York Times Magazine, injected the question of slavery into the core of the traditional narrative of US history. It raised the question not only of what counts in history but how history is taught. Implicitly, it calls into question the great dogma...

The Meaning and Taste of Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016

For one day in the year on Thanksgiving, Americans hope to renew a sense of “belonging” to a fading culture.  Once a year, on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans honor their imagined Puritan heritage, even if today only a tiny minority can trace their ancestry back to the...

This is What Native Americans Think of Christopher Columbus

November 28, 2015

There is nothing to celebrate about Christopher Columbus. When the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reached the shores of the Americas in 1492, it was by accident. He had been commissioned by the Spanish crown to find a passage to the East Indies, en route to a lucrative spice trade with...