Category: Race

Second Chances: America, Liberia, and the Election of Wilmot Collins

Eric Burin In 1994, Wilmot Collins, a thirty-one year old refugee whose travails had left him weighing just ninety pounds, arrived in Helena, Montana. There, he was reunited with his wife, who had made it to Helena two years earlier with their now two-year old daughter. America, thought Collins, provided

Colin Kaepernick: In Historical Perspective

Eric Burin In an 1857 speech, Abraham Lincoln explained the meaning and purpose behind the Declaration of Independence’s insistence that all men are “created equal” and that they are endowed with “certain unalienable rights,” including “liberty.” These noble sentiments, observed Lincoln, had no practical bearing on the patriots’ quest to

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