The Surprising History of Marijuana in America

The Surprising History of Marijuana in America

In some ways it is impossible to look at history without applying our own lenses and filters from the modern day world. We assume that aspects of our lives today are shared with all humans from the past, but often, and in many surprising instances, this is not the case. John Hudak's book Marijuana: A … Continue reading The Surprising History of Marijuana in America

American Nationhood Had a Top-Down Start

The human mind seems to be very comfortable with dichotomies, and we are very good at telling ourselves stories to make dichotomies work. We really prefer 'either-or' situations and 'this-or-that' decisions over settings that are more ambiguous and require decisions between multiple options and interpretations. The way we understand and view history, and how our … Continue reading American Nationhood Had a Top-Down Start

Remembering Black History in the Face of White History

Throughout his book Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coats is critical of Western History and America‚Äôs backstory, particularly because of the way that black people are remembered. The history we know and understand as white people looking back at Western democracy is focused on ourselves, which is to say, white people. The story of … Continue reading Remembering Black History in the Face of White History