History of the United States

Freedmen voting in New Orleans in 1867.

Revolutions and lasting change: Part I

Critical State

What separates lasting revolutions from armed uprisings? This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into new research on how revolutions actually function, with a spotlight on arguably the most revolutionary period in American history: Reconstruction.

Emancipation is about financial security, too.

22 million reasons black America doesn’t trust banks

The World

2011 State of the Union: assessing the language

Global Politics
Union soldiers entrenched along the west bank of the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

How wars end part II: the American Civil War

Conflict & Justice

Activists Confront a Changing Voting Rights Landscape

The History of the Voting Rights Act: The Origins of the Preclearance Provision

In June, the Supreme Court ruled Section Four of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. Depending on who you talk to, the decision either gutted the legislation or deeply diminished its strength. At the center of the Supreme Court’s decision was a formula used to define which states and counties were subject to federal review of […]

CIA Finally Confirms Role in 1953 Iranian Coup

Even though it has long been public knowledge that U.S. and British operatives were behind the 1953 Iranian coup, which overthrew the nation’s then-democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadeq, only yesterday did the CIA officially confirm it. Yes, you did just read that right. Previously classified documents show that the agency carried out the coup “as […]

Confusion around U.S. drone policy in Pakistan runs deep

Confusion around the U.S. drone policy in Pakistan runs deep. That was evident during a Pakistani television station’s interview with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry where he spoke confidently about a soon-to-come downscaling of the program that was quickly walked back by his spokeswoman.

Republicans, Democrats doing electoral calculus in determining support for taxes, healthcare

Global Politics

Conventional wisdom said votes to extend some of the Bush-era tax cuts and to repeal the healthcare reform bill will fall along party lines, and they still may. But with election just months away, elected officials are plugging numbers into a more detailed equation to figure out how to cast their vote.

Texas rejects bid to issue license plates displaying Confederate Flag

Global Politics

In Texas, the Sons of Confederate Veterans want the state to issue license plates displaying the Confederate Flag. On Thursday, the state said no way, in the wake of protests from minorities who say the flag represents racism.