Roe v. Wade: A Decision for the Decades

Roe v. Wade: A Decision for the Decades 1

The Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, arguably the most hotly debated in recent decades, has produced an impressive body of historical scholarship.[1] The leading histories have focused on the evolution of the arguments and alliances that shape abortion debate today, rights-based pro-life and pro-choice arguments, alliances between women’s rights leaders and public health …

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Chicano Movement: Young Mexican Americans Seeking Change

Chicano Movement

“THEY SAY THERE IS NO DISCRIMINATION, but we have only to look around us to know the truth. We look at the schools … the houses we live in … the few opportunities … the dirt in the streets … and we know.” [2] José Angel Gutiérrez spoke these words on 1 April 1963, to …

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Sir Moses Montefiore: The Forgotten Legend of the 19th Century

Sir Moses Montefiore: The Forgotten Legend of the 19th Century 2

The nineteenth century is full of forgotten heroes. Sir Moses Montefiore (1784–1885)—once the most famous Jew in the world—is merely one among many. For a major public figure, he has been astonishingly neglected. There is as yet no scholarly biography, and there have been no attempts to locate his activities in a wider, non-Jewish environment.[1] …

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Who REALLY wrote The Night Before Christmas? A linguistic analysis

Who REALLY wrote The Night Before Christmas? A linguistic analysis 4

In a chapter of his just-published book, Author Unknown, Don Foster tries to prove an old claim that had never before been taken seriously: that Clement Clarke Moore did not write the poem commonly known as “The Night before Christmas” but that it was written instead by a man named Henry Livingston Jr. (1748-1828) never …

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