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Here’s What Happened When Black Politicians Held Power

During the Reconstruction period after the U.S. Civil War, southern counties with black officeholders had a lower literacy gap between blacks and whites …

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How Much Did African-Americans Shape President Lincoln’s Views?

It broke new ground by arguing that African-Americans were not simply passive recipients of Lincoln’s benevolence, but shaped his attitudes …

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Raising Questions About Citizen Input in Government Contracts

There’s been a lot written on how citizens shape public programs, but less is known about services contracted out to an outside entity.

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Tracking Tool Shows Fines for Corporate Misconduct Have Plummeted Under Trump

America’s largest corporations profited immensely from President Trump’s actions, from his deregulatory bonanza to his $1.5 trillion tax cut.

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Republican Ideology – Forget Trump… His Party Is the Problem Now

Republican ideology – Trump is not a deviation; he is their fullest flowering. He is not the party’s nightmare. He is its id, the manifestation of its darkest impulses.

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Igniting Power in Democracy Crisis – Do You Have What it Takes?

Democracy is the only approach to governance that can bring forth the best in us while keeping the worst in check.

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Representative Government – To Be an American Citizen, You Can’t Be Too Dogmatic

What it means to be an American citizen in a representative government: you can’t be too dogmatic, and we need to accept differences …

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Black Woman Leading the Way Forward in 2018

There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage.

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Greater Durham Chamber Annual Meeting on Feb 8: The Future of Now

Futurist and economist Rebecca Ryan will give the keynote address. Ryan is the author of The Next Big Things: The Future of Local Government, ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders …

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Teaching Hard History of American Slavery, Educators Not Sufficiently Prepared

To achieve the noble aims of the nation’s architects, we the people have to eliminate racial injustice in the present. But we cannot do that until we come to terms with racial injustice in our past, beginning with slavery.

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Republicans Push Impeachment of State Justices to Defend Gerrymandering

Pennsylvania GOP, argues one expert, offers more evidence the “Republican Party does not believe in democracy and will tear down any American institution if it will help them hold power.”

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Attacking Voting Rights, Trump’s Biggest Lie Taken from Dictators Handbook

Studies have shown that voter fraud is nonexistent. Researchers at the Brennan Center have found that it is rarer than death by lightning.

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