In some ways what is happening in the Republican Party in 2016 can be seen as another example of the types of political metamorphosis that has occurred many times in the American party system. But in some way it parallels a different historical trend: the white backlash during the Reconstruction Era.
—Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer
The recent tragedy involving toxic, lead-laced tap water in Flint, Michigan highlights the growing gulf between rich and poor, and majority and minority communities.
Racial inequality continues to plague the United States, and most popular civil rights history mythologizes it in ways that hinder the full realization of the movement’s goals.
One of the many pleasures of researching a history of New York’s Irish and Italians was encountering the revolutionary heroes from both homelands who occasionally crossed the city’s stage. Among the most memorable of the Irish visitors is the socialist James Connolly, who is being remembered this weekend as the centennial of the 1916 Easter Rising is marked.
—Catherine Ceniza Choy
While Women’s History Month encourages us to recognize the individual achievements of pioneering women in various fields, that recognition should not be an end in itself. It would, and should, take far more than a month to find, reclaim, and remember women’s histories that have not yet been canonized.
St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect time to remember that rish and Italian immigrant groups — who did as much as any others to create the city we know and love — eventually came together and even intermarried on a large scale.
A National Museum of Women’s History is necessary to correct the long-standing gender imbalance in our national narrative.