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'Whether we cast ourselves back into the period of the Revolution, walk open-eyed through the streets contemplating the fruit of the seeds then sown, it is impossible, but that the thoughtful mind must be exalted into a sort of bewilderment." July 1867

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"In our contemporary environment of extreme economic inequality, the unsung Stamp Act protesters or Tea Party rowdies seem less distant; they are like actors in a pageant whose outcome was and is beyond their imagining, constantly rewriting itself."

Thomas Jefferson knew integration to be the only just future, but he didn't dare imagine how it might be implemented. "It was too threatening to the white conception of self and to the material profits of colonialism." @Calsdesk 

"Our history has been a long, diligent march toward enlightenment. Compelled by a core sense of justice, religious or secular, Americans always do the right thing in the end."

PATRIOTIC. AN INDEPENDENCE-DAY RHYME. CAD always speaks bad grammar on The day we celebrate, Because, he says, good English then Is inappropriate. July 1893

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Frederick Douglass recognized that the freedom granted by the Emancipation Proclamation was only the first step toward racial equality. He spent his life arguing that America needed to be healed as a whole or not at all.

"One ever feels his two-ness — an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder." -W.E.B. Du Bois

"If the 2016 told us anything, it is that the Whiskey Rebellion never truly ended, and while the soundtrack is always changing, the curtain may never come down." @RESullivanJr  #HamilFilm 

On this week's podcast: @WillAtkins01  joins @unbuttonmyeyes  to discuss Seamus Heaney's odes to peatland, and the litany of crazy things lurking in the depths of Ireland's bogs.

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Hong Kong protesters have deployed an array of euphemisms. “It’s raining,” indicates the firing of tear gas.

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From a transcript of the jury selection process for Martin Shkreli's trial:

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Scientists advised against consuming hypersexual zombie cicadas infected with psychoactive fungus.

The Trump International Hotel hired a “director of diplomatic sales” to attract foreign dignitaries. #WeeklyReview 

"When journalists themselves wage campaigns to suppress the writing of other journalists, and intend to destroy a magazine for not toeing their ideological line, you can see how free speech truly is on the line."

The task before us today is to rescue from the enormous condescension of the comfortable the one political tradition that has a chance of reversing our decades-long turn to the right.

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