COVID and Community

Nicholas Romanow, who just became a citizen, writes at The Bulwark: The political philosophers, historians, and sociologists who argue that a kind of rugged individualism is at the heart of the American character aren’t entirely wrong, but the familiar caricature of...

News Deserts

From the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media: This is the fourth report by the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, documenting and analyzing the loss of local news and its implications for our democracy. In the years immediately following the 2008...

What, To the Slave, Is the Fourth of July? Excerpt 2

Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852: I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. — The rich inheritance...

What, to the Slave, is the Fourth of July? Excerpt 1

Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852: Fellow-citizens; above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, to-day, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I...

Tools of Recovery

President George W. Bush: We were not meant to live apart from each other, especially in times of challenge. Our tools of compassion — a hug, gathering as people of faith or in friendship, caring for our family when they are ill — bring the opposite of the love we...

Civility and Congress by Design

From the National Archives: Congress and Civility by Design Summary: The First Congress established civility as a core value of American government. Studying documents from this period reveals how congressional processes and the rules for debate promoted civility....

Civility Ice Cream

From an Stewart’s Shops, an Upstate New York chain: Civility Ice Cream is making a return at the cone counter. It has sweet, smooth vanilla ice cream with salty caramel swirls. With a world divided, we thought everyone could use a scoop of Civility (ice cream)!...