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Eugene Debs, the Espionage Act, and the Election of 1920

Near the end of World War I, Eugene Debs delivered an anti-war speech in Ohio. Two weeks later, he was arrested and imprisoned for his words. In 1920, he ran for president from his prison cell, ultimately waging the most successful campaign by a socialist candidate in American history.

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The Ratification of the Bill of Rights

December 15 marks Bill of Rights Day, commemorating the 1791 ratification of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, collectively known as the Bill of Rights. However, crafting a Bill of Rights was highly controversial at the time.

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The Infamy of the Dred Scott Decision

Dred Scott v. Sandford, a Supreme Court decision made in 1857, is largely regarded as one of the most infamous decisions in the Supreme Court’s history. This case determined that people of Black African descent were not entitled to U.S. citizenship.

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4 Notorious Cults in American History

For this blog, we use “cult” to refer to groups with a leader who exerted an excessive and dangerous amount of control over their followers. Let’s dive into where each of these four cults came from and how they came to their tragic end.

The Scopes Monkey Trial

On May 5, 1925, Tennessee high school teacher John Scopes was charged with the crime of teaching his students about the science of human evolution. The Scopes Monkey Trial, as it came to be known, was a national spectacle, and continues to influence First Amendment interpretation today.

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The History of Hawai‘i: How a Kingdom Became a State

The wildfires that ravaged the Hawai‘ian island of Maui and completely destroyed the city of Lahaina last month have rekindled conversations about the controversial history of how Hawai‘i came to be an American state in the first place.

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The History of Minimum Wage in the United States

Millions of Americans struggle to make ends meet, working multiple jobs to make up for the fact that the federal minimum wage has not kept up with the rate of inflation. However, it hasn’t always been difficult to live off of a minimum wage job.