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    WATCH: This Is What Nikole Hannah-Jones Claims Is The Basis of Our Founding

    On Monday our Shaftesbury Society forum looked at the controversy over the hiring of New York  Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones by UNC-Chapel Hill’s journalism school and the claims Hannah-Jones makes about the founding of our country in the 1619 Project.  Our guests included Peter Wood, President of the…
    Donna Martinez, June 9, 2021
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    Who are today’s Ronald Reagan and Johnny Carson?

    Over the weekend I sat down with a book I pick up occasionally and read a few pages chosen at random. I was too young to fully appreciate Johnny Carson’s humor and interviewing skills during his prime. It’s only through watching “The Tonight Show” on You Tube that I’ve become…
    Donna Martinez, April 6, 2021
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    Revisiting Forrest McDonald’s Jefferson Lecture in praise of the Constitution

    In the office, Bob Luebke and I got into a recent discussion on the late historian Forrest McDonald (1927-2016). McDonald was a professor who spent much of his time at the University of Alabama and wrote extensively on early America and its founding. Luebke mentioned the…
    Ray Nothstine, April 5, 2021
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    The Civics Alliance is live

    I am pleased to be among the initial signatories to the Civics Alliance, a project of the National Association of Scholars. In this explanatory article, Peter Wood describes the need for “a new coalition dedicated to defending and restoring true civics education across the United States.” A…
    Terry Stoops, March 22, 2021
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    Read Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s statement on “divisive” social studies standards

    Social studies standards for North Carolina are under fire, as reported by Carolina Journal last week. A N.C. State Board of Education meeting Wednesday, Jan. 27, became a flashpoint in the national debate over racism and American identity. Some Republicans complained proposed social studies standards were full of negativity,…
    Donna Martinez, February 1, 2021
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    Election Day 1920

    One hundred years and one day ago, North Carolinians went to the polls to choose the Ohioan that would become the next president of the United States.  There was no incumbent that year, as President Woodrow Wilson had served two terms, and Democrats were not keen on nominating Wilson for…
    Terry Stoops, November 3, 2020
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    Juneteenth is here!

    Here is an announcement of the Juneteenth declaration printed in the Galveston Daily News on Wednesday, June 21, 1865.  …
    Terry Stoops, June 19, 2020
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    Woke History Is Making Big Inroads in America’s High Schools

    In an article originally published in RealClearInvestigations, former News & Observer reporter John Murawski writes, Like growing numbers of public high school students across the country, many California kids are receiving classroom instruction in how race, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship status are tools of oppression, power, and privilege. They…
    Terry Stoops, October 22, 2019